Hebrews 4:16 (NET) Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help
Tesa always seemed to be fighting a losing battle with sin. She so longed for victory over the power and guilt of sin but that appeared to be an elusive dream for her. One day, she decided that she was tired of the endless struggle of overcoming sin, seeing that it was obvious she would never win regardless of how much she tried. She decided to give up trying and just resign to a life of defeat. That very night while praying, Victoria felt a strong urge to pray for Tesa and she spent the next 30 minutes doing so, and God impressed a scripture in her heart to share with Tesa. She went the next morning to share with Tesa to strengthen her.
Victoria shared from Hebrews 4 verse 14-16, explaining that God never meant for verse 16 to be read alone as it provides no basis for the believer to approach the throne of grace confidently to obtain grace and find mercy. But taken from verse 14, it establishes that we are to approach God’s throne of grace to receive mercy and grace because of the High Priesthood of Jesus.
“Why is this important?” Tesa asked.
This is particularly important for two reasons. Firstly, it supplies the believer with understanding and understanding is critical for fruitfulness in God’s kingdom (pointing Tesa to Matthew 13 vs 23). It helps the believer to understand that it is because of the high priestly duties of Jesus that he can approach confidently. Those duties include making intercessions for the saints. She opened to Hebrews 7:24-25 to buttress this point, it reads:
“But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable. Therefore he is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.” (BBE).
“You remember Revelations 12:11a”? (And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony), Victoria asked, it is the basis of this same shed blood of Jesus that the intercessory work of Christ is based, namely that He had paid the ultimate price for sin, and everyone who believes in him can reap its benefit.
Consequently, this understanding produces faith. Faith in the sanctifying work of Jesus for the believer to access God’s mercy and grace. This faith is what births the boldness mentioned in verse 16 of Hebrews chapter 4, she explained.
Even though we are imperfect in ourselves, we have a perfect high priest and advocate whom when we approach him in humility and brokenness, cleanses us of all unrighteousness and this gives us the boldness to receive mercy and grace for our time of need.
Go into today determined to appropriate the ministry of our High Priest and Lord, Jesus Christ, and therefore approach confidently the throne of grace to receive mercy.
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