Joshua had a similar experience when he approached the captain of the host of the Lord. Hebrews 4:16 Context. No, no; blessed be God, He cannot err. The very act of taking it will lighten it, and casting it upon His tenderness and sympathy will make it sweet. We reply, well, grace has a throne by conquest. There is no fellowship with God possible on the footing of what people call ‘disinterested communion.’ No, we have always to go to Him to get something from Him. Will bear my burdens too. You're being awfully slow." Comment: Its (parrhesia) dominant idea is one of the boldness and confidence which are exhibited in freedom of speech, the unreserved, unfettered flow of language which is opposed to fear, ambiguity, and reserve. Nor yet do we see the angels with their vengeful swords come forth to smite the foes of God; not yet are the great doors of the pit opened to swallow up the enemies who would not have the Son of God to reign over them. Before us stand two mighty columns: the one is in Hebrews 1 and Hebrews 2; the other is in Hebrews 3 and Hebrews 4. 1986, Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the Merciful: Matthew 5:7, Brown, Colin, Editor. In the gospel of Jesus Christ grace is the most predominant attribute of God. 3. It was well said that if integrity were banished from the hearts of all mankind besides, it ought still to dwell in the hearts of kings. And Micah said to a Levite, who happened to pass by: "Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest." He who knows the word “substitution,” and can spell its meaning aright, will see that there is nothing due to punitive justice from any believer, seeing that Jesus Christ has paid all the believer’s debts, and now God would be unjust if he did not save those for whom Christ vicariously suffered, for whom his righteousness was provided, and to whom it is imputed. Christianity, far from constraining believers, liberated them and enabled them to speak openly and with complete confidence before God because of their exalted, eternal position in Christ, God's beloved Son (cp 2Co 3:12). As prayer will not be truly prayer without the Spirit of God, so it will not be prevailing prayer without the Son of God. When you approach the Lord with boldness, That there is a throne of grace, i.e. Our confidence is not in ourselves. The citizen has the right to express his opinions freely in the marketplace. 12 Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries (LXX = Greek verb thlibo = literally to press together or hem in, which figuratively pictures sufferings that arise from the pressure of circumstances or from the antagonism of persons), David acknowledged that victory had to come from God. Comment: The word (parrhesia) means “freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance.” The writer exhorts the Jewish recipients of this letter not to throw away that cheerful courage, that boldness, that free and fearless confidence which they were displaying while they were enduring this persecution referred to in He 10:32, 33, 34. remember the throne to which you are invited is peculiarly the throne of grace. Because a God of grace sits upon it, and the scepter of grace is held out from it, and all the favors bestowed there are the blessings of grace. A throne, and therefore, in the second place, to be approached with devout joyfulness. Whatever be the need, temporal or spiritual, take it there. There is no time, there is no place Remember that in simple terms, praying is just taking time to talk with your best friend, in this case your Father. Hebrews 4:16 IN the context are three great exhortations which bear a very remarkable and distinct relation to each other: ‘Let us labour to enter into rest’; ‘Let us hold fast our profession’; Let us come boldly to the throne of grace. Ah! This one sacrifice He perpetually pleads before the throne, and our prayers therefore ascend to God with the merit of Christ’s atoning blood giving them acceptance with His Father. God's grace was sufficient and he went thru the flames in a manner that glorified His Father. Jesus, the Son of God, has experienced all of our struggles, temptations, and sufferings. It is not because of our own merit or worthiness that this gracious invitation has been extended to us. It is that time which is well suited for something. Bounds were set about the mount, and if but a beast touched the mount, it was stoned or thrust through with a dart. Through eye-gate, ear-gate, and thought-gate his squadrons seek to pour. 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Comment: Parrhesia in this context "speaks of the heart attitude of a saint who lives so close to the Lord Jesus that there is nothing between him and his Lord when He comes, nothing of known sin in his life when the Rapture occurs. In fact, the people who distressed Him most were those who thought they didn't need any help at all. If you say that you are rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing, you are in the greatest destitution; but when you know yourself to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, then the traveling merchantman is already standing on your doorstep, knocking (Rev 3:17, 18, 19, 20). How comes it to be so exalted? Read: Hebrews 4:14-16, Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. "Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?" Let us not be straitened in our own bowels, since we are not straitened in our God. Scripture Formatting × Scripture Formatting. But what are these? It will not come as quickly as impatience might think it ought, it will not come so soon as to prevent an agony of prayer, it will not come in time enough for our impatience, for murmuring, for presumptuous desires; but it will come in time to do all that is needed. C. H. SPURGEON. Grace is on the throne by conquest, and sits there by right. Spurgeon - It is clear from the connection of our text that the interposition of the Lord Jesus Christ is essential to acceptable prayer. Here the essential thought is that mercy gives attention to those in misery. You can easily understand how naturally that becomes an expression for the unembarrassed, unrestrained full out-pouring of a heart. Remind yourself that the Lord has a gracious purpose in all of this suffering, and that He will work out His purposes in His time and for His glory. Here, as in Jn 11:14, 16:25, 29, it means plain speech as opposed to hints or veiled allusions, such as Jesus had previously given as in Mk 2:20 (bridegroom taken away). With our God before us in all his glory, sitting on the throne of grace, will our hearts dare to say we mistrust him? There must be no dictation to God, no refusing to bow to His sovereignty, no rebelling against His will. Proserchomai - 86x in 85v - agree(1), approached(2), approaching(1), came(64), came forward(2), come(2), comes(1), coming(3), draw near(4), go(1), visit(1), went(6). "My God! Hebrews 4:16 (KJVA) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 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. Hebrews 4:16 tells us we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We can approach Him confidently about anything—our needs and our desires—knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). The believer finds himself in Christ and enjoys full well the fruits of God's mercy. Our penitential tears need to be sprinkled by the blood of Jesus; our holiest hours need to be accepted through his merits; our noblest service would condemn us, save for his atoning sacrifice. John 18:20 Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. He is crying out for immediate help. Spurgeon adds that "It is not forbidden us, in hours of dire distress, to ask for speed on God’s part in his coming to rescue us… It is most fitting that we should day by day cry to God for deliverance and help; our frailty and our many dangers render this a perpetual necessity." Yours, for Jesus’ sake, (Philip Edgcumbe Hughes - A Commentary On The Epistle To The Hebrews). Laws 1.321; Plutarch, De exil. Reprinted by permission. Read the verses that come before: ‘For we have not a High Priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Turn that doctrinal statement into a statement of principle and it just comes to this: that our certitude that God’s throne is a throne of love and grace, is all involved in, dependent upon, and built upon, the work of Christ, the High Priest of our profession. His hatred to the one is measured by his cross; his love to the other is infinite as his nature. True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. The gospel bears my spirit up, If thou hast any empty forms to prate, go and pour them out into the ears of fools like thyself, but not before the Lord of Hosts. The sons of Aaron were the priests of Israel. There we shall get that fresh grip of Christ which will quicken us for the labour of entering into rest. Submit to His timetable and His care." (Spurgeon - Treasury of David). This confidence or boldness would characterize the speech and behavior of the Jew who was actually a possessor of salvation and not merely a professor of the same, but would soon disappear in the case of a mere professor should he turn away from Messiah back to the sacrifices. It raises the desires and affections above the things of the present world, and fastens them on the things which are above. All rights reserved). In context it means He gives help when you need it or timely help. We are welcome in our heavenly Father’s presence as well. He is omniscient, but He is also filled with compassion and great goodness. You are not a robot caught in the jaws of fate. Yes, the weak have been strengthened--the downcast encouraged--the helpless relieved--the sorrowful comforted--the poor enriched, by drawing near to a throne of grace. They wore a special dress, ate special food, and lived in special towns; whilst every care was taken to accentuate their separation to transact the spiritual concerns of the nation. The covenant contains in it many gracious promises, exceeding great and precious. He gently clears thy way; Eleutheria is therefore the bold reprehension of free speech. Hush, soul! Laws 4.74); “The man who does not allow anyone in his household to speak freely is a petty tyrant” (Spec. And now, lastly, a word about the issue and result of this confidence of access to the throne of grace, the throne of spontaneous love. For long weary days brave men died by the thousands — the afternoon of the last day was wearing rapidly away, the thin red living line getting thinner and thinner, the squares smaller and smaller at each returning charge — but at last, just before the daylight faded, just before endurance could do no more, there comes old Blucher at last and gives the order, and the whole line bore down upon the enemy and scattered them. His throne must be a throne of grace to his people. Do not brood over it. He examines the motives of our mind. Come thus to the mercy-seat, and you will not be sent empty away. This is the aim of these opening chapters, and by two lines of proof we have been led to the same conclusion. There never is a night or day John 16:25 "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. "Declared of God a High Priest after the order of Melchizedec.". They are but nominal kings, to be set up and put down at the will of men, or the decree of providence, but he is Lord alone, the Prince of the kings of the earth. It is the free, spontaneous, absolute loving-kindness of God toward men. Shame on a king if he can lie. His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead: David cried out: "O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger" (Psalm 6:1). Let’s take a close look at this precious verse. —Sper And shot devouring flame; 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. 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. The idea of free, open speech lies at the bottom of the word: coming before God’s bar with nothing to conceal. True prayer is not a mere mental exercise, nor a vocal performance, but it is deeper far than that—it is spiritual commerce with the Creator of heaven and earth. There is a difference! We can now draw near and pour out our hearts to him as described by the psalmist David…, Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. All families of mankind have followed the same general program. Wait thou His time — thy darkest night Why stand afar off? There is no creature in heaven above or the earth beneath that is hidden from His penetrating gaze. Wuest: Let us be coming therefore with boldness to the throne of grace, in order that we may procure mercy and find grace for seasonable help. 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. I say, then, that grace is enthroned by conquest, by right, and by power, and, I will add, it is enthroned in glory, for God glorifies his grace. Greek: proserchometha (1PPMS) oun meta parresias to throno tes charitos, ina labomen (1PAAS) eleos kai charin euromen (1PAAS) eis eukairon boetheian. I believe in my own soul that there is as much and as pure a justice in the acceptance of a soul that believes in Christ as there will be in the rejection of those souls who die impenitent, and are banished from Jehovah’s presence. Hebrews 4. Let's give Him our highest praise.—Richard De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Wiersbe makes the point that "When you find yourself in the furnace, go to the throne of grace and receive from the Lord all the grace you need to endure (Heb. Equal Access (READ: Ps 145:14-21) - Pastor Stuart Silvester told me of a conversation he had with an acquaintance who frequently flew his small private plane in and out of Toronto International Airport. The people, however, were excluded from the divine presence because of their sinfulness and prohibited from drawing near. It may be a heavy cross, a painful trial, a pressing need; it may be a broken cistern, a cold look, an unkind expression; yet, if it leads you to prayer, regard it as a mercy sent from God to your soul. What peace of mind. 2 For since a the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and b every transgression or disobedience received a just c retribution, 3 d how shall we escape if we e neglect such a great salvation? But, blessed be God, here we may have every need supplied. ), Wiersbe - When you are free to speak, then there is no fear and you have confidence. Let pride bite the curb at a distance, let treason lurk in corners, for only lowly reverence may come before the king himself when he sits clothed in his robes of majesty. ‘Let us come boldly.’ Now boldly is a somewhat incongruous word; it neither conveys the original, nor does it correspond to our sense of propriety. So he cries out, "Lord, why don't You do something? O ye courtiers in the halls of such a monarch, be ye exceeding glad, and mingle praises with your prayers. Of what use is it to talk of rich provisions and sumptuous viands to those already satiated? Acts 4:29 "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence. O could we but see what His grace is—what His grace has—what His grace does—and could we but feel more what it is doing in and for ourselves, we would have more exalted views of the reign of grace now exercised on high by Zion's enthroned King! In order, dear friends, that I may stir you up to prayer this morning, and that your souls may be led to come near to the Throne of Grace, I purpose to take these few words and handle them as God shall give me ability. Let us not use as a mere empty form those words ‘for Christ’s sake,’ but let us remember that these words do hold the very secret of all acceptable approach to God, and that’ no man cometh to the Father but by Me. Hebrews 11:6 (note) - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. And by His grace, Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world, so that we could be saved by grace. 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