“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
How do we come “boldly” to the Throne of Grace? Merriam Webster defines bold as “very confident in a way that may seem rude or foolish”. So to come to God’s Throne confidently always did seem a bit, I don’t know, maybe arrogant is the word I’m looking for. Even after I became a Christian I still didn’t understand how to come to the throne of grace “boldly”.
So how are we humble and bold? That is a contradiction in terms, right? The short answer is NO. Again, I refer to Merriam Webster. Humble is defined as “not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other people”.
In the Old Testament the high priest could only come before the throne of grace once a year with great fear and trembling. If the high priest transgressed at all, he would be struck down. It is therefore, only through the atoning blood of Jesus that we are able to come to the throne of grace, God’s Throne. Jesus is the sacrifice that made our access to God possible. We are humbled realizing that none of our “good works” gives us this access – it comes only through Jesus. We are bold because we realize this is the reason Jesus died on the Cross, to reconcile us with God. To come to the throne of Grace in fear is to assume His Son’s blood, Jesus’ blood, was not sufficient.
Our liberty and confidence in prayer, our “coming boldly to the throne of grace”, comes through our reconciliation with God through Jesus’ shed blood. God sent us a Saviour, that could sympathize with us, so we could be reconciled with Him. “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. ” Hebrews 4:15.
It all reverts back to the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. No flattering words or puffed up gospel only the simple truth of Jesus dying on the Cross for us have access to the throne of God, for our reconciliation, for our eternal life….for our salvation. The enemy will try to confuse us. He will try to make the Gospel harder than what it really is for us. The enemy knows the power of the Blood of Jesus. Satan knows once we realize, once we choose to believe in Jesus’ and lay our lives down at the foot of the Cross, once we give up our self will and begin to live only for Jesus’, that we will have full access to the throne of God and we can go to it boldly. The enemy will try to lead us in every direction except down Calvary Road. Don’t be deceived by devil but convinced by the Cross that Jesus’ blood is more than sufficient. We are covered in the soul redeeming blood of Jesus. We are blood bought, Holy Ghost filled, Gospel preaching, devil chasing and Jesus loving Child of God…we are humbled at His sacrifice and emboldened by His Grace to live our lives as a reflection of His glory. The enemy will flee but we have to get a hold of Jesus, go before the throne of God and get on the offense first! – Donna Warren