A Throne of Grace
(Heb. 4:16, Rev. 12:10-12, Ps. 91)
This thought from the letter to the Hebrews was posted as part of a prayer request on a ministry website. I needed to hear it again. The Lord as eternal mediator has made the way for us to live in the throne room of God. It is a throne of grace. I hear much in these days born of a desire for righteousness. It is often repeated that justice and righteousness are the foundations of God’s throne. It is so. But how does God define that justice and righteousness? He defined it at the cross of Christ, not in our fleshly efforts to rule by laws patterned after the law of Moses. His justice is met with the blood of the worthy Lamb.
Our enemy is quick to accuse and condemn us. When we fail, the accuser is correct in that we have fallen and come short. But we hear too little to remind us that the seat of His throne is a seat of mercy. The words from Revelation tell us that the accuser has been cast down. Here is a little trouble for my human understanding. Some explain that three heavens or levels of heavens exist. The highest holds the throne and the Lord dwells there. The second level is the area where Michael and his angels have warred with Satan and his helpers, and thrown them down. The third or lowest are those created heavens that we see. No understanding is perfect but I think this passage tells us that the accuser has no more access to accuse us to God.
How is this? The blood of the pure Lamb of God is there. This blood that is simultaneously human and divine.is the demonstration of the unfathomable love of God. The blood speaks forgiveness and cleansing from all unrighteousness. The devil cannot approach there for it speaks his eternal, complete defeat and ultimate shame. His time is short. He runs around in the world among us accusing God to us, accusing believers to one another, and spreading lies and distortion wherever he can. He began his jealous war against humanity in the Garden with insinuation of God withholding good from us. He has no new weapons. When we think of bringing every thought captive to Christ, let us include every twisted word from the serpent. Remember Jesus’ confrontation with him in the wilderness. The enemy will distort truth. But the word of God in us is greater.
How important to feed on the truth, on the bread that Christ is. When we receive by the Spirit, not merely the letter but the Spirit of truth, our spirits are strengthened. The word becomes flesh in us when digested and tested. It takes time for spiritual growth and meditation on the truth is part of the process. Do you read the Bible? Are you biblically literate? It is important and includes the law and the prophets. It also includes what we have as the gospels and letters.
May we as the people of God see ourselves in a spiritual battle and cease from playing into our enemy’s hand. Cease from accusation. Correct and counsel when offenses come. Sometimes they should be ignored if small. When correction is not received repeatedly we should avoid such so-called brothers. I come back to Paul writing that he prayed and turned certain men over to Satan that they would learn not to blaspheme. The Lord is patient and His goal for everyman is that they would be saved. It is important for us to never hinder that process. Be careful not to offend young believers but recognize their immaturity. How important we who are mature learn to help young ones to grow. True love is patient, kind, and gentle but firm.
Growth happens as we are transformed by, and in His presence. It includes exposure. Every corner of hearts will be searched by the One whose eyes are flames of fire. Are we willing to submit to that? We approach the throne without fear knowing that His end is for our good, our eternal good. We learn to live in His presence, to dwell in that place of unapproachable light. Yet it is forever approachable to those who have known He is love.
Becky Johnson said:
Mark, this was beautiful! Thank you.
I actually meant to message you before, but life has been quite full. I left Facebook and Messenger December 31st. As a kind of 2022 sabbatical. Leaning into Him more.
I would like to encourage you to pray about doing a devotional. These short and simple writings are poignant.
Cheryl McGrath said:
Thankyou Mark. Rich truth in your words here. God bless you.