Coming Boldly to the Throne

Coming Boldly to the Throne

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

suggested further reading: Ephesians 3:11–21

The ground of the assurance to come boldly to God is that the throne of God is adorned with a new name,

grace

, which ought to be remembered whenever we shun the presence of God. For the glory of God, when contemplated by itself, can produce no other effect than to fill us with despair. So awful is his throne.
To remedy our reluctance and free our minds from all fear and trembling, the apostle adorns the throne of God with

grace

. He gives it a name that can allure us by its sweetness, as if to say, “Since God has affirmed to his throne, as it were, the banner of grace and of his paternal love toward us, there are no reasons why his majesty should drive us away.”

The effect of this is that we may call upon God without fear, since we know that he is gracious to us; for when Christ receives us under his protection and patronage, he covers us with his goodness, and the majesty of God, which otherwise would be terrible to us, is replaced by grace and paternal favor.

He does this so that we may obtain mercy, the apostle says. This assurance is not added without great reason. Rather, it is given to encourage those who feel the need of mercy, lest anyone should be cast down by the sense of his misery and close up the way by his own reluctance. The expression

that we may obtain mercy

contains the most delightful truth that all who in reliance on the advocacy of Christ pray to God are certain to obtain mercy. On the other hand, the apostle indirectly, or by implication, holds out a threat to all who do not take this way, saying that God will be inexorable to them because they disregard the only true way of being reconciled to him.

for meditation: It is good to be reminded of the simple yet ultimate truth that there can be no access to the Father except through the Son. A bold approach to the throne without the pardon obtained by the Son would be sheer suicide. We would find neither mercy nor grace there; we would find unmitigated divine wrath. Are you coming to the throne of grace freely and daily with your every need, through Jesus Christ, for mercy and grace?

 Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008).

365 Days with Calvin

(p. 282). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.