“We may come near, then, with freedom, to the throne of the grace, that we may receive kindness, and find grace — for seasonable help.” Heb.4:16- YLT
I know that most version say confidence or boldness but, freedom is closer to the original intent of the Greek from what I have studied.
If you think about it, that does sound more appropriate to. Because God exhorts us many times to seek him in humility, humble ourselves and draw near to find more grace. Even as children of God, under the Blood of the Lamb, we will not be able to approach the Almighty Creator of the universe with any attitude that is not meek and humble. So we humble ourselves and come with the freedom, knowing that because of the Blood of Jesus, we can receive mercy and find grace.
Honestly, I don’t know as much about mercy as I should. Yes, I know the Sunday School definition of mercy – “not getting punishment that is deserved”. But, we want to understand as mature followers of Christ. So, I will be studying “mercy” and asking Father for insight into His mercy.
However, grace is something that I have sought and asked God for, daily. the Scriptures say that we “receive mercy” and “find grace”. On 12/29, I wrote about “How Noah found grace”, according to the Scriptures.
I like the emphasis of the idea that we must find it. If we must find it, we must look for it. “Seek and ye shall find.” Jesus never promised us that we would find grace unless we look for it. “You have not, because you ask not.”
So what is grace? In Sunday School, I was told that grace is “God’s unmerited favor” and there is some truth to that. However, if you owned a Ferrari and someone asked you what was parked in your garage; would you say “my car.” No. You would not reduce such a beautiful machine to such a common term.
I believe that is what has been done to grace.
In some circles of “Christianity”, grace has even been used as a license to sin. As if Jesus died so that we are not “under law” but too give us the freedom to do whatever we want!
That is the opposite extreme of grace. I suggest that grace is even more radical than both of those extremes but, in a holy way!
What if grace is NOT unmerited? Bare with me here…Obviously, it is not merited on our part!
But, is grace completely unmerited? What about the covenant that Jesus sealed with His blood? Hasn’t he given us promises of His grace and mercy in the Scriptures? YES! So, because of Jesus and our faith in Him, wouldn’t that mean that we now deserve God’s mercy and grace? I believe it does.
Is God unjust? NO! Can a perfectly holy and just God give us anything that is completely undeserved? Wouldn’t that be undermining His justice?
I believe that the truth is, because of Jesus; we do deserve God’s grace. As I was asking God these questions a few weeks ago, I came across a Bible reference in my notes twice that had no verse with it. Apparently, I had written this reference down twice at the Prophetic School this summer and had not followed up on it.
So I looked it up! – Isaiah 30:18:
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.”
It was like God gave me a specific answer to prayer with a Bible reference! (Actually, this happens a good bit and it is such a blessing every time!)
The Lord wants to be gracious and show His mercy to us BECAUSE He is a God of justice! ~ (paraphrased)
We could never earn God’s grace or mercy…but, Jesus did! He fulfilled all of God’s commands so that we could be reborn of His Spirit and receive the promises of His deserved mercy and earned grace!
Deserved because of the perfect Sacrifice
Earned because of the perfect Sacrifice.
Received because of our faith in Him.
That’s why God was still perfectly just and righteous despite the mercy and grace He gave to mankind for the first 4,000 years. I bet Satan was screaming accusations against everyone, even God, for violating His own Law for thousands of years! But, God knew that He would be proved perfect, holy, wise and righteous in all of His works! He knew that only one Sacrifice would be needed. Only one Sacrifice was able to fulfill ALL of His righteous requirements!
But, that is just a touch of the wonders of grace, there is so much more truth to explore later! May the grace of God over-abound to you this year!