Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Approaching the Throne of Grace

In Hebrews 4:12-16 the Bible says because "we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God," of whom the Bible says "all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do..." we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Approaching "the throne of grace," what a thought. But what is the throne of grace? And where is it?

The Bible speaks of God as the Creator of all things, both visible and invisible. Colossians 1:16 says, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him..." What an amazing scripture. This is the One who created all things, period! King David said in Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." I like to look at the fantastic Hubble images and/or the Spitzer Space Telescope pictures of the known universe. They make me think of God's greatness because He spoke them into existence. And to my understanding, these telescopes only look as far as they are powerful enough to see. They don't see an end to the universe. My Lord and My God doesn't just inhabit the known universe, (or the unknown for that matter), but the Bible says in Isaiah 57:15, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Colossians 1:17 says, "He is before all things and by Him all things consist." He inhabits eternity.

Then the scripture comes into my mind found in Psalm 8:3-4, (and Hebrews 2:6),"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" . What is man that the One who is high and lofty and who dwells in that "high and holy place," would allow us to approach unto His throne. There is an old chorus we used to sing, the words go something like this, "Jesus lives in me, Jesus lives in me, He's my light my salvation, the strength of my life, Jesus lives in me."

But where is His throne? The Bible says in Acts 17:24-28 "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being..." You won't find His throne in the most magnificent cathedral or temple made with the hands of men. But you will find it at the mention of the name of Jesus. If you have never boldly approached the throne of grace, perhaps you should take the advice of the apostle Paul and feel after Him. If you do so with a sincere heart of faith and repentance, no doubt you will find Him. Don't delay, do it today.

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