The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 8
We shouldn’t approach God with fear since He is seating on the THRONE OF GRACE, not the throne of judgment.
The time is coming when Christ will judge all who didn’t believe in Him (Revelation 20 v 11), currently He is extending grace to all (1 John 2 v 2).
Hebrews 4 vs 14-16 say the following:
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
“Let us therefore COME BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The key part of the New Covenant is that GOD DOESN’T KEEP COUNT OF OUR SINS (Hebrews 8 v 12, Hebrews 10 v 17, & Romans 4 v 8). It is for that reason we are invited to approach the throne of grace with boldness (Hebrews 4 v 16).
Israel could not do that because their covenant with God was based on their performance. Every time they did not keep their part of the covenant, God withdrew His favour (Hebrews 8 v 9).
Our boldness to approach God is not based on our performance, it is based on the fact that we have a great High Priest who represents us before God (Hebrews 4 v 14).
Jesus can sympathise with our weaknesses because He is not out of touch with our reality. He overcame every temptation and testing (Hebrews 4 v 15)
Jesus is ready to always give us mercy and grace when we fail and are not deserving of the goodness of the Lord. He does this because that is the BEST WAY TO CAUSE US TO REPENT (Romans 2 v 4).
This is a radical statement that the Jews of Paul’s day and the religious legalists of our day reject. They refuse to accept that the goodness of God is sufficient motivation for people to turn from sin. They insist that fear of punishment is a superior motivator.
It is true that fear is a more familiar motivator to most people. Even a lost person or carnal Christian can identify with fear and respond to it. But as 1 John 4 v 18 states, “Fear has torment.”
Those who respond to God through fear will also be tormented with thoughts of doubt and condemnation as to whether they have done enough.
Fear will move some toward God, but it is inferior to love. THERE IS NOTHING THAT FEAR CAN DO THAT LOVE CAN’T DO BETTER AND WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECT OF TORMENT.
We can approach the throne of grace with boldness, we will obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
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