New Living Translation
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
So let us get excited and exuberant to noticeably boldly come to the throne of God where we will receive our gifts of his mercy and Grace to honor in what we need most
Hebrews 4:16 Grace
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By Marni Montanez
Hebrews 4:16 English Standard Version
16. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
God invites us to draw close to Him without boundaries. He wants us to feel safe, like children who trust Him and enjoy His presence. He gives us permission to petition Him about anything and everything without condemnation or rejection. Nothing is too small or too big for Him to hear and resolve.
God allows us the certainty of approaching Him and gives us His full attention. He desires to give us the grace and mercy that will help us live abundantly. This mercy keeps us safe in Him when we make mistakes or bad choices and grace encourages us to move ahead in the Spirit of the Lord. We can then move through obstacles and pass barriers of doubt or fear…
John 10:10 New King James Version
10. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The throne of grace is our place of true acceptance. It is His power and rule that readily gives us what we need in the moment we need it. God does not pick and choose what is important enough for us to come to Him with. What is on our heart is valuable to Him and He wants us to feel free to be vulnerable and transparent in our need and even our wants.
As carnal beings who behave like we are in control, we make plans that will affect our lives as well as others; sometimes this effect is negative, but He is always ready to help us turn the necessary corners in order to avoid many disasters.
Proverbs 16:9 New King James Version
9. A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
God wants to sit upon the throne of our heart where He will bring us into our destiny.
God’s heart cry is to gather us up to Him and be our everything.
Challenge: Go to the throne of grace. Ask God for what is on your heart and believe that He wants to hear from you.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.” And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.
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What Does Hebrews 4:16 Mean? ►
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.
What wonderful reassurance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord, for He is our Great High Priest, and heavenly Mediator. He is both the omnipotent God and our merciful Saviour. He is omniscient, but He is also filled with compassion and great goodness. He is both the eternal Son of God Who created the universe, but He is also the gracious Son of Man Who died and rose again so that through faith in Him we can come to the throne of grace.
This is a verse that rejoices our hearts, for this Throne of Grace is the eternal seat of the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, Whose mercy-seat has covered our sins forever. It is by His grace that the veil of the temple that separates man from God, is torn in two from top to bottom, providing access into the presence of our heavenly Father. Through Christ, we have received the gracious invitation to come boldly to God’s Throne of Grace, in time of need.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and we are invited to come before Him with boldness, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.” We are not to cower anxiously before His magnificent presence. Rather, we are encouraged to come to Him and to keep on coming to His throne, without fear or doubt. We are to come to Him freely, constantly, ceaselessly, and persistently.
He is not a distant God before Whom we are to shrink or grovel. He justly deserves our reverence, praise, and thanksgiving, because He is our glorious God and everlasting Creator. There is no creature in heaven above or the earth beneath that is hidden from His penetrating gaze. In His omniscient wisdom, He knows all things. He reads the thoughts of our heart. He examines the motives of our mind. All is laid bare to His pure eyes and holy presence.
In Christ, we have been invited to enter confidently into the throne-room of heaven and boldly approach God’s Throne, that we may obtain mercy, and find the grace we need to help in time of need. But let us never allow familiarity with the gospel of God to diminish our understanding of the tremendous privilege that streams, like a flood, to each of His children. This unfathomable privilege is awarded to ALL who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb – and none are excluded.
It is not because of our own merit or worthiness that this gracious invitation has been extended to us. This God of grace and love is also a God of justice and righteousness. He is the God Whose plan of redemption dictated that ALL sin must be punished. And by His grace, Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world, so that we could be saved by grace. Only through faith in Christ have we been justified, forgiven of sin, and covered in Christ’s perfect righteousness.
It is only because of the merit, worthiness, excellence, and virtue of Christ’s sacrificial offering of Himself upon the Cross on our behalf, that we have this amazing entitlement. Our confidence is not in ourselves. Our confidence is founded on what Christ has already done on our account. Our assurance rests on His victory cry… it is finished, for we are accepted by God, in the Beloved, through time and into eternity – accepted through the merit of God’s only begotten Son.
We are not directed to enter in the throne-room of heaven in apprehensive timidity, but to approach His universal seat of divine power and majestic glory with great boldness and confident assurance of a child approaching his beloved father, knowing that the sacrificed Lamb of God, offered by the High Priest of God for our sin, is sufficient.
In this verse we have a peep into a heavenly vision of unapproachable Deity, enthroned on His seat of mercy and grace, granting peace, pardon, forgiveness, and confident access to all who believe on His name. 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.
What does Hebrews 4:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]
The central figure of the Christian faith is not some remote deity, a flawed spirit, or a being with no understanding of human nature. If that were the case, then prayer would be a terrifying and possibly meaningless experience. Fortunately, for the Christian, Jesus not only understands our struggles and failures (Hebrews 2:14–18), He has overcome them first-hand (Hebrews 4:15).
This verse is the conclusion of a point begun in verse 14. After encouraging Christians to complete the works God has given us (Hebrews 4:1–11), the writer reminds us that God’s word is the ultimate measuring stick for all of our thoughts, deeds, and intentions (Hebrews 4:12). Nothing is hidden or obscure to God, who is out ultimate judge (Hebrews 4:13). Verses 14 and 15 make it clear that we can maintain our faith in the face of struggles, knowing that Christ has already shown us the way. He not only experienced suffering, death, and temptation, but did it without succumbing to sin.
Knowing, then, that Christ fully understands our weaknesses and has experienced our pain, we can pray. When we come to God asking for mercy, grace, help, or forgiveness, we can be confident (Hebrews 3:6) and assured. Nobody understands our pain better than Jesus, which is why only Jesus can be our High Priest as well as the substitute for our payment of sin (Hebrews 2:18).
Hebrews 4:14–16 is among the most often-quoted passages in the Bible. It is also one of the clearest expressions of Christianity’s unique nature. Jesus, the Son of God, has experienced all of our struggles, temptations, and sufferings. And yet, He did so without succumbing to sin. For this reason, we can look to Him as our perfect example. We can rely on Him as our perfect substitute. We can come to Him as our only High Priest. And, we can trust in Him as our source of help and healing. Knowing that Christ fully, personally understands what it means to be human gives us confidence when we bring Him our failures and needs.
In Hebrews chapter 4, the author refines the theme of chapter 3. An entire generation of Israel lost out on their inheritance of the Promised Land due to a lack of faith. Here, the author points out that the rest promised by God is still offered, through Christ. The razor-sharp truth of the Word of God will separate what is truly spiritual from what is faithless. We should make every effort to obtain our inheritance in Christ, which is something separate from our eternal salvation. We can also be confident, knowing Jesus can uniquely sympathize with our temptations and sufferings