GRACE IS GREATER – Hebrews 4:1

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. Hebrews 4:16 nasb

RELEVANT SCRIPTURES

Ephesians 3:12
In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

SELECT COMMENTARY

From Gill: Or else to God the Father, since Christ, the high priest, is the way of access to God, and it is by him the saints come unto the Father; who is represented as on a “throne”, to show his majesty, and to command reverence; and as on a “throne of grace”, to encourage distressed souls to come unto him; and to express his sovereignty in the distribution of his grace: and this coming to him is a sacerdotal act, for every believer is a priest; and is not local, but spiritual, and with the heart, and by faith; and chiefly regards the duty of prayer, and a drawing nigh to God in that ordinance with spiritual sacrifices to offer unto him: and this may be done “boldly”; or “with freedom of speech”; speaking out plainly all that is in the heart, using an holy courage and intrepidity of mind, free from servile fear, and a bashful spirit; all which requires an heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, faith, in the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, a view of God, as a God of peace, grace, and mercy, and a holy confidence of being heard by him; and such a spirit and behaviour at the throne of grace are very consistent with reverence of the divine Majesty, with submission to his will, and with that humility which becomes saints. The Jews often speak of , “a throne of judgment”, and , “a throne of mercy” (u); and represent God as sitting upon one or other of these, when he is dispensing justice or mercy (w); and the latter they sometimes call, as here, , “a throne of grace and mercy” (x): and so they make the first man Adam to pray to God after this manner (y);

“let my prayer come before the throne of thy glory, and let my cry come before , “the throne of thy mercy”.”

From M. Henry: Besides our daily dependence upon God for present supplies, there are seasons for which we should provide in our prayers; times of temptation, either by adversity or prosperity, and especially our dying time. We are to come with reverence and godly fear, yet not as if dragged to the seat of justice, but as kindly invited to the mercy-seat, where grace reigns. We have boldness to enter into the holiest only by the blood of Jesus; he is our Advocate, and has purchased all our souls want or can desire.

MY PONDERING

Yes, grace trumps sin when our high priest is Jesus. When we exercise our God given faith we can enter assuredly for we are His and the Father loves His Son.


He has access we do not but by Him we do too!

Yes, Jesus is a more than sufficient High Priest to lead all who follow to safety. This world is not safe, God is not safe outside of His grace, but He is good. He is love.

The throne of grace was not obtained cheaply. Let us approach reverently but thank God we are encouraged to approach with confidence, not merely by ourselves but with our great advocate and friend; none other than Jesus.

MY PRAYER

Lord, by Your stripes and wounds I am healed. You led the way. Lead me now I pray!

Help me holistically balance and please Your thrones, your thrones of Glory, Justice and Grace,

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