Justice is getting what we do deserve. That this… mercy-seat is sprinkled with the atoning blood of that Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. (Word Studies in the New Testament: Vol. We need grace to help. This is the kind of saint that keeps a daily check-up on himself as to sin in his life. It is active compassion for those in need or distress. Let us not use as a mere empty form those words ‘for Christ’s sake,’ but let us remember that these words do hold the very secret of all acceptable approach to God, and that’ no man cometh to the Father but by Me. He was saying to God: "Help me!" He is never in a hurry, but once He starts to work, watch out! I wonder if the Lord doesn't tune us out when we do not come to Him with freedom and open our hearts to Him. Spurgeon - We have a Friend at court; our Bridegroom is on the throne. But never are we to approach God with disrespect. … Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (NASB: Lockman). After the resurrection, Jesus encouraged His disciples with the emboldening truth that "All power is given to Me, in heaven and in on earth." Young's Literal: Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Remind yourself that the Lord has a gracious purpose in all of this suffering, and that He will work out His purposes in His time and for His glory. He is a King, and he will do as he wills. he, the Great High Priest, must go within the veil for us; nay, through his crucified person the veil must be entirely taken away; for, until then, we are shut out from the living God. Oh, my friends, ‘Let us come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace for every time of need.’, Through waves and clouds and storms Here the essential thought is that mercy gives attention to those in misery. It is a high and wondrous privilege. But our access comes not just from Christ’s lofty position in heaven, but also from the common experiences Jesus went through on earth (He 4:15). 4:14, 15, 16). He'll listen, and He'll understand. Ye captive ones, come in your chains; ye slaves, come with the irons upon your souls; ye who sit in darkness, come forth all blindfold as you are. God's delays are a part of your character-building process. Mercy begins with simple recognition that someone is hurting around you. then he has need to pray, "Lord, give me grace to use it for Your Glory." "You, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly." NEED! Our inclination toward faithlessness makes any oaths we might make to God very risky. Thank the Lord for every errand that takes you to the throne of grace. Instead, let’s approach Him with the boldness of a child who knows he is loved and wanted by his father. Amplified: Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. The next time God gives you a delay, encourage yourself by remembering that He never stops working for you, and He knows when and how to help you. ", Yes; the humble cottager, when he gathers round him his little flock, and, at the family altar, kneels in his lowly dwelling, is worshiping in heaven--the very scene where ten thousand times ten thousand bright and beautiful beings weave the high chorus of enraptured adoration. Grace is "the gift of God as expressed in his actions of extending mercy, loving-kindness, and salvation to people. When we least deserve grace is when God gives it to the maximum. In context it means He gives help when you need it or timely help. (See Moody Bible Institute's Today in the Word), F B Meyer in The Way into the Holiest has the following chapter entitled "Timely and Needed Help" on Hebrews 4:16…. Hebrews 4:14–16 is among the most often-quoted passages in the Bible. And the help of other men is insufficient, no matter how well-meaning they might be. He lays His hand upon each petition, and so leaves the print of the nails upon it, and therefore it must prevail with God. To a conscience purged by the precious blood there is no anger upon the divine throne, though to our troubled minds—, “Once ‘twas a seat of burning wrath, Note that proserchomai is used seven times in Hebrews. All rights reserved). That calling thus we shall infallibly get what we want; for in Christ Jesus, as a sacrificial offering, God is ever well pleased; and he is also well pleased with all who take refuge in the atonement which he has made. Grace (imparted). As the one true God, He is worthy of our adoration. The word literally means, if we go to the etymology of it, speaking everything. Greeks used parrhesia of those with the right to speak openly in the assembly. Hebrews 12:18 (note) - For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, Hebrews 12:22 (note) - But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels. This is our fundamental need. Lays the foundation for my hope God in His grace gives us what we do not deserve, and in His mercy He does not give us what we do deserve. Therefore, we should not cast away our confidence, no matter what the circumstances might be. Part of Speech. 1989. (Heb = 'ezra), David is urging the Lord to make haste to deliver him. For this cause at this hour grace sits on a throne, because it has conquered human sin, has borne the penalty of human guilt, and overthrown all its enemies. In a world that offers preferential treatment to the wealthy, the famous, and the influential, it’s encouraging to know that every child of God has equal access to the Father in heaven. Do not cherish it. The Latin misericordia (miser “wretched,” cor “the heart”) carries the same idea. You cannot pour out your heart in the fullest confidence to a person you do not respect, but if you get with some one you entirely trust, how swiftly the words flow. Banished be such blasphemous thoughts, and if they must come, let them come upon us when we are somewhere in the outskirts of his dominions, if such a place there be, but not in prayer, when we are in his immediate presence, and behold him in all the glory of his throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16, KJV: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." It speaks when we are silent, and it prevails when we are defeated. The psalmist said, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). By grace through faith in His death, burial, and Resurrection… Christ, the Lamb of God and great, High Priest of heaven, has flung wide the golden door into the Holiest of all - to all who believe on His name. Grace is the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls ("saving" grace), turning them to Christ and causing him to seek after His righteousness, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues ("sanctifying" grace - that work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a yielded believer, enabling him to daily die to sin and live to righteousness). True worship acknowledges Boldness - fearlessness in the face of danger, with daring or courage. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence, that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the hour of need. His power can make or can destroy. And it is, besides, ever near at hand. Mercy is more than a feeling, but not less than that. 1 Timothy 3:13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. But the atonement effected by Christ's sacrifice of himself on the cross opened the way that had hitherto been closed. Suppose I come loaded with sorrow; there is One there who knows all the sorrows to which humanity can be subjected. Brethren, as one man, cry mightily to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, beseeching him to put his hand to the work, and magnify his Son in the eyes of all the people. ), Wiersbe - When you are free to speak, then there is no fear and you have confidence. Is it a time of adverse providences? Wait thou His time — thy darkest night The Lord High Chamberlain of the palace above, our Lord Jesus Christ, takes care to alter and amend every prayer before he presents it, and he makes the prayer perfect with his perfection, and prevalent with His own merits. ", Yes, in the fullness of His grace and tenderness, He reveals the Savior to the soul, as the all-prevailing Intercessor--the Advocate at God's right hand. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. And then in getting the full heart of God, with all its divine abundance and pardoning grace and tender, gracious pity, I get, of course, the full hand of God to obtain mercy, and find grace, the bestowment of the needful blessings, the obtaining of grace in time of need, the right grace No blunders in the equipment with which He supplies us. For grace and mercy will be shown. From sin and fear, from guilt and shame. But it was their toddler son who had entered their bedroom, jumped on the bed, and boldly said, “I want in the middle.” Scott was struck with the beauty of a child’s security in knowing he is wanted. Surely this ought to induce many to pray who have not prayed, and should make us who have been long accustomed to use the consecrated art of prayer, to draw near with greater boldness than ever to the throne of grace. Thank God for an errand to Him. Our heavenly Father is not "the man upstairs." That we must call aloud on God for his mercy, if we expect him to run to our assistance. Let me tell you for your encouragement, God has His secret audience-chamber, where He will meet you alone, and where no eye shall see you, and no ear shall hear you, but His; where you may open all your heart, and disclose your real case, and pour all your secrets into His ear. Take your temporal cares and necessities to the Lord, for He who is the God of grace is also the God of providence. Mourn over these; let tears of penitence flow at the remembrance of them--but stay not away--seek the renewal of the "blood of sprinkling"--go to Him who is "a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity." Oh, no; the faulty cries of his children are not severely criticized by him. True, we are encouraged to "come boldly to the throne of grace" (Hebrews 4:16). In beginning to pray, dear friends, you feel as if you did not pray. He is the most Holy of all kings. Hebrews 3:6-note but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house-- whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. Font Size. Though God is and ever must be a sovereign, he never will break his covenant, not alter the word that is gone out of his mouth. How comes it to be so exalted? But the same feelings that actuated him were shared by a portion of the tribe of Dan, on their way to colonize a remote part of the country. Is wiped away. He delights to pardon penitents, and so to show his pardoning grace; he delights to look upon wanderers and restore them, to show his reclaiming grace; he delights to look upon the broken-hearted and comfort them, that he may show his consoling grace. To that throne we do not come now, for through Jesus the case is changed. That we must feel our spiritual necessities, in order to our calling with fervency and earnestness. The dying words of one ancient saint were "Grace is the only thing that can make us like God. (Bullinger, E. W. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible), 1) a use of speech that conceals nothing and passes over nothing, outspokenness, frankness, plainness, 3) a state of boldness and confidence, courage, confidence, boldness, fearlessness, esp. "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. How long shall the name of Jesus be blasphemed by the idolatries of Antichrist? Mercy… grace - Adam Clarke observes that "Mercy refers to the pardon of sin, and being brought into the favor of God. Its dominant idea is boldness, confidence, as opposed to fear, ambiguity, or reserve. Our country requires a divine visitation, and the promise of it only needs to be pleaded to be fulfilled. Have you ever pondered the delays of God? (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. Only one other remark upon this point, and that is, that if prayer be a coming before the throne of God, it ought always to be conducted with the deepest sincerity, and in the spirit which makes everything real. The people, however, were excluded from the divine presence because of their sinfulness and prohibited from drawing near. It is set as the antagonist of sin and unrighteousness and all evil, and so runs up to the idea that it expresses the unmerited, self-originated, loving regard of God to us poor miserable creatures, who, if dealt with on the ground of right and retribution, would receive something very different indeed. He maintains a constant yieldedness to and dependence upon the Holy Spirit to show him sin in his life and give him the grace to judge it and put it out." 22 Make haste to help (Heb = 'ezra) (boetheia = run to my aid upon hearing my cry for help) me, O Lord, my salvation! Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Thus grace in these introductions is Paul's desire that his recipients live out their Christianity empowered by sanctifying grace. From time to time all of saints encounter unexpected storm winds and are in need of our great Captain to batten down the hatches, sending His help that we might be able to endure the stormy trial or temptation. It is a throne of grace; from which I gather that the sovereignty of God to a believer, to a pleader, to one who comes to God in Christ, is always exercised in pure grace. If in prayer I come before a throne of grace, then the faults of my prayer will be overlooked. It is the free, spontaneous, absolute loving-kindness of God toward men. (Tyndale Bible Dictionary), John writes that “of (Jesus Christ’s) fullness we have all received and grace upon grace.” (Jn 1:16). On the land and on the sea, at home or abroad, in the publicity of business, or in the privacy of retirement, "the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. And, beloved, I may add, in the fifth place, that the right spirit in which to approach the throne of grace, is that of unstaggering confidence. until I reach that blissful shore, My shield (Lxx = boetheia) is with God, Who saves the upright in heart." For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. A negative overtone is also perceptible in some instances where freedom of speech has been misused to the point of bluntness and shamelessness. O ye courtiers in the halls of such a monarch, be ye exceeding glad, and mingle praises with your prayers. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. We can enter the presence of God with confidence because Jesus has opened the way for us through His death on the cross. To arrogate any priestly functions of sacrifice, of absolution, or of imparting sacramental grace, is to intrude sacrilegiously on ground which is sacred to the Son of God; and, however royal such are in mien or intellect, they must be withstood, as Azariah withstood Uzziah-saying, "It appertaineth not unto thee to burn incense unto the Lord, but to Jesus, our Great High-Priest; go out of his office, for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honor from the Lord God.". 2 Corinthians 3:12 Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech. What a crowd of needy petitioners every moment surrounds His throne! You remember the vision in the Revelation where the seer beholds the angel coming with a censer, and he takes incense from off the golden altar, and he goes on to say, that this much incense was offered in the censer with prayers of saints. Let us not be straitened in our own bowels, since we are not straitened in our God. masculine noun. 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