The Throne of Grace

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).

For the defiant sinner, God’s throne is one of righteous judgment. For His needy children, it is the throne of grace.

The term “throne” points to a powerful sovereign. In this instance, it is referencing the omnipotent Sovereign of our universe. This occupied throne in heaven (Revelation 4:1-11) is what John the apostle saw while in the Spirit on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9). The throne of our universe is governed by the Lord God Almighty—the One who is holy, holy, holy (Revelation 4:8), the One who was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8), the One who is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power (Revelation 4:11), the One who created all things and by His will all things exist and were created (Revelation 4:11).

No impersonal force or cruel fate governs our universe. Human existence upon our planet is not the result of happenstance but of a Sovereign’s actions. The One who occupies heaven’s throne has done everything within His omnipotent power and passionate love to provide spiritual victory for you, especially when you feel weakest and neediest.

Therefore, this exhortation to come repeatedly (present tense) with boldness to the universe’s throne is not the taunt of a cruel king who intends to humiliate and mock you. It is the loving welcome of a Father who wants to help His children be spiritual victors.

“The throne of grace”—What a glorious description!

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