Let us therefore come boldly – Without any doubt or fear. Unto the throne of God, our reconciled Father, even his throne of grace – Grace erected it, and reigns there, and dispenses all blessings in a way of mere, unmerited favour.
John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes
As I was researching commentaries and sermon notes about Hebrews 4:16 I became overwhelmed at how much has been written over the years about this verse, it would have literally taken days to look through all the resources I have immediately available. The part that has been difficult for me is that this verse has been so eloquently written about that I feel most inadequate to write about this. All I can do in this case is to share from my heart as a man who cares deeply for those whom I am able to minister to.
Let’s begin with giving some definitions of a few of the words in this verse. Sometimes the American English translation of the original Greek text falls a little short of the depth of the original language.
draw προσέρχομαι proserchomai pros-er’-khom-ahee to approach, that is, (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to: – (as soon as he) come (unto), come thereunto, consent, draw near, go (near, to, unto).
confidence παῤῥησία parrhēsia par-rhay-see’-ah all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance: – bold (X -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, X freely, X openly, X plainly (-ness
throne θρόνος thronos thron’-os From θράω thraō (to sit); a stately seat (“throne”); by implication power or (concretely) a potentate: – seat, throne.
grace χάρις charis khar’-ece graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
mercy ἔλεος eleos el’-eh-os Of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active): – (+ tender) mercy.
(Isa 55:6) Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.(Isa 55:7) Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come “boldly.” Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask him to meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say. Come with reverence because he is your King. But also come with bold assurance because he is your Friend and Counselor.
The Life Application Study Bible
Hebrews 4:16 instructs us to draw near, or approach with confidence. When we think of the word confidence, this word can perhaps slightly mislead us. Confidence can sometimes have us to think of boldness, brashness or assertiveness. How often have we said something like “I know I can do this” or “I have confidence that I can win”? It would be better that we turn our thoughts more toward the idea of having the freedom to speak openly, honestly and with frankness to our heavenly Father.
(Rom 8:16) The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,(Rom 8:17) and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
As we approach His throne of grace we should feel like we can speak without reservation or hesitation. Unlike speaking to an authority figure (for example “the boss”) where we may have to choose our words carefully, we have complete freedom of speech to God. Unlike “the boss” God will not fire us or make life miserable for us if we have shortcomings, imperfections and disappointments. So in God we have complete freedom, He will lift our burdens and love us in a way in which no human is capable of doing.
(Mat 7:7) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.(Mat 7:8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.(Mat 7:9) “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?(Mat 7:10) “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?(Mat 7:11) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
Now here is something I know I need a lot of: mercy, grace and help in time of need. If it wasn’t for His mercy and help in time of need my life would be completely worthless! Honestly, God makes me want to draw near because of His amazing lovingkindness, His throne of grace. Amazingly, He loves me just as I am-I can approach His throne of grace with the freedom of openness and honesty as He never brushes me off or dismisses what I have to say. He is always there to help me in time of need!
(Php 4:6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.(Php 4:7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God Bless You Today!
Your Brother in Christ, Pastor & Grandpa Frosty
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