I want to follow up on yesterday’s post.
Can you imagine holding a painting by Monet, Van Gogh, or Raphael? As a card-carrying member of the unwashed masses, I don’t think that holding a masterpiece painting is in my future.
Artwork by the great masters is always kept at arm’s length away from me so I can never get close enough to them to see the details, smell the paint, or touch the texture of a masterpiece.
Throne of Grace
Unlike priceless works of art, you and I are given an opposite imperative when it comes to Almighty God. We read in Hebrews 4:16: 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.
We can’t get near the Mona Lisa, but we can get near the Master Creator. Not only can we, but we are also told to do so, especially in our times of need. This truth is utterly astonishing.
God’s word says that Jesus, who is now our High Priest, is seated at God’s right hand (Heb 8:1; 12:2, Ephesians 1:20). To those that reject Jesus, God’s throne is a throne of judgment. But for those of us that receive Jesus, we are saved by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) That grace is grace that is of the throne of grace. That saving grace comes from the authority (i.e., throne) of God.
Are you reborn? Are you in need? If so, you can and should draw near to God. If you do come near, you will receive grace, which is unmerited favor, and you will receive mercy, which is forgiveness for the times you have surrendered to the weaknesses of your flesh.
We find so much to be thankful for in the Scriptures. So many promises from God. So much encouragement, so much love, so much intent and purpose for each of us. How wonderful it is to belong to God. How indescribable is the salvation Jesus has accomplished, and “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3 ESV)
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