Receive Mercy and Find Grace on the Journey to New Jerusalem

New JerusalemAs believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have eternal life and we are on the path to New Jerusalem.

Although we have eternal life, we still also have the soulish life (which the Lord asks us to deny) and our corrupted flesh. These cause us trouble in our Christian life and are the subject of multiple New Testament warnings, such as the end of Galatians 5 and the first half of Ephesians 5.

We should not fight the negative things on our own because then we will fall into the trap described in Romans 7—“the evil which I do not will, this I practice.” Instead, let us heed Hebrews 4:16:

Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace  that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.

We may (and can) come forward with boldness because of the blood shed by the Lord on the cross (Hebrews 10:19-22). When we come forward first we “receive mercy.” This indicates both our lack of qualification and God’s great compassions.

We receive mercy, then with a little more seeking we “find grace.” This mercy and grace are “for timely help”—it might be when we are frustrated or angry or confused or lonely or ______ (insert your own description here).

Because of the Lord’s mercy and because of the blood of the Lamb, the throne is to us the throne of grace and not the throne of judgement. Out of this throne flows mercy and grace. The same throne will be in New Jerusalem with a merciful and gracious flow of the river of water of life.

More about the throne of grace.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  June 8, 2015

    Amen! Praise the Lord for His precious blood, which opens the wide way for us to receive mercy, which in its turn opens the way for us to find grace with little more seeking! Hallelujah for the blood and mercy and grace!

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  2. A young sister shared about asking the Lord for more grace. For a moment, I thought I had never done that–asking for “more” grace. I realize from this verse how wonderful it is that we can actually come forward with boldness to the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. We don’t need to struggle to fight the negative things on our own. Praise the Lord!

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    • Lord, we need more grace and we praise You that Your abundant supply is never short.

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