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Come Boldly


This passage from my morning reading was especially encouraging today.

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Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

—Hebrews 4:14–16

What does this passage tell us? Does it tell us, as many of today’s popular preachers would, that we ought not feel unworthy? No, it does not. The first thing it says is that we have a high priest. Who needs a priest? It is precisely and only those who are unworthy to enter the Father’s presence who need a priest to intercede for them. And we have such a priest. A priest who lived as we live, suffered as we suffer, yet without sin, and made the perfect sacrifice for our sin, and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. Therefore, we can come boldly, casting all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

And when we come before the throne, we will obtain mercy, which we desperately need, for we are guilty; and grace, without which we are utterly helpless.

So come boldly, though your hands are not clean and your heart is not pure. Hold fast to your faith in Christ. Come, confessing your sin and seeking forgiveness. You are truly unworthy, but you have a high priest who intercedes for you. Come, obtain mercy. Receive grace. Come boldly.



Posted 2008·01·28 by David Kjos
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5 Comments:


#1 || 08·01·28··07:10 || Kristina

I absolutely love that passage. Great post.


#2 || 08·01·28··09:48 || Even So...

I just preached on this passage 1-20-08...Since we do have such a Great High Priest, we can approach the throne with confidence...


#3 || 08·01·28··13:19 || Pam

Amen David ... thought provoking post ... whom am I but none other than a filthy rag whom He has chosen for salvation, to come before a King, bare my soul at the foot of His cross and expect boldly that His will be done and receive His mercy because of His grace upon me ... Thank God I am His! What would I do otherwise? Sometimes I have such a problem remembering living in a unsaved state of no hope until the Lord brings someone unsaved into my life and I share His word and see afresh the wretch that I was. Seeking His forgiveness for the sins of the flesh I still do.


#4 || 08·01·28··21:33 || jen elslager

Excellent; so true.


#5 || 08·01·29··17:46 || kay

Thank you for the post. I am sure to remember that in the future.
We serve an awesome God.


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