“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16 NKJ).
The Lord exhorts us to “come” in the scripture above. There are two distinct meanings to the word “come” in scripture, depending on who is being addressed. The first invitation “to come” is to the unsaved, to sinners who are lost to come and be reconciled to God. The unsaved are separated from God’s presence by a huge spiritual gulf. The second “come,” as in the scripture above, is addressed to believers. As a believer, you came into the presence of God, before His throne, the day you accepted Christ. Therefore, there is no distance between you and God anymore. You are already brought in, into the holy of holies by grace! So the “come” above is not referring to coming into God’s presence, because you are already there.
God’s invitation for you to come to the throne of grace is an invitation for you as a believer to approach and reach out to obtain what you need from Him. You may be in God’s presence and in need of healing right now. Or in need of deliverance from some oppressive force. Or it might be that your finances or a relationship needs mending. The Lord invites you to come to the throne of grace, meaning that you can reach out to obtain all that has been given to you from the treasures of grace. You come in the atmosphere of faith and prayer. Ephesians 3:12 says, “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” (NKJ). It is a throne of grace, where nothing is denied. You should come boldly, without fear of judgment or rejection! God is inviting you to come to the throne of grace, to obtain help in time of need.
What can make us not be bold in coming to God? Why does God want us to be bold? See Rom. 5:1-2.
APPLY THE WORD
Are you in a time of need? Grace has already provided for it. Can you believe today?
Ask the Father to take away any fear or hesitation in approaching Him in your time of need. Sin was a major issue approaching God, but it has now been taken out of the way by the blood of Christ!
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