Gift of Grace
Prayer is a gift of God’s wonderful grace to His children, which is open access to Him. Access to the throne of God is a free gift of grace to all who trust in Jesus Christ.
Access to His throne is open to believers who are in fellowship with the Father.
Access to God
The curtain was torn from top to bottom the moment Christ’s cross-work was done. His death and resurrection is a beautiful image of open access to our God and Father – but remember, if prayers are ineffective – the defect is with us not with God.
So let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. How do we access this perfect gift of perfect peace? God will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on JESUS: because he trusteth in Thee.
Light And Peace
Only those who thus walk hand in hand with Him can fully access His light and peace: the way of His wisdom is the way of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17 But only those that follow His footsteps have quietness of spirit and amity with God. Only those who trust His love are in concord with themselves and with others. Only they who truly know how to die to self, utterly and completely – only they are truly at peace with life’s circumstances. They find no strain within; no hostility without; no alienation from God. They have no pricks of an accusing conscience; no unsatisfied longings or desires, for they trust in His love completely – for they know that: “all things works together, for good…” Rom.8:28
A Holy Temple
He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit
There is a lot of truth in this simple statement for the Holy Spirit is our Helper. He is our Help and Helper, our Comfort and Comforter – He is our Advocate. He is also our Teacher and Trainer and His work is to make us more like Christ. When one walks by faith in Christ we have abiding access to very Holy Spirit of God.
This earnest pleading of his heart is also a portion of his wider teaching to the Body.. that they have the light of the Lord and His tender love in their mind and heart – that they access His divine power and heavenly presence in heart and mind.
The veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom giving access to the Father. What an amazing privilege we have as believers to petition the throne of heaven – but God wants all His children to stay in fellowship by admitting their sins to Him.
This is a proud reliance upon self, instead of humble dependence upon the Father. Self-reliance excludes Christ-reliance – and God only sees us as in the Beloved. When we think our good works give us access to God, we deny the blood of Christ.
Battle of the Ages
This battle of the ages has been raging for multiplied thousands of years, and in God’s wisdom, the church are partners, with access to His throne of grace. Should we not with veiled face contemplate this unfathomable, entrusted privilege?
Forgiveness of sins
But God in His love and justice has provided a solution for the sins we commit. The remedy God has provided for the SINS we commit – is forgiveness of sins – but they can only be forgiven when an innocent sacrifice dies in our stead. Christ’s innocent blood was God’s required purchase price for forgiveness of sins, and the only way to access God’s forgiveness of sins – is to believe on Christ. for there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
Throne of Grace
Unlike Israel, whose high priest alone could enter the holy of holies once each year, we have unlimited, continuous and abiding access to the throne of grace, let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Paul learned that life is a succession of discoveries of our need of Christ in our life. When ‘self’ remains nailed to the cross – the life of Christ is given free access within – and with every discovery, a way is opened for a fresh inflow of His supply.
All God’s children can participate in some incomprehensible way – thru this unfathomable gift and mysterious privilege of – “All Prayer” Should we not fly to the open access of the throne of God’s grace and plead..
broken the power of sin in our life and will one day remove sin’s presence – forever. The curtain of separation has been torn from top to bottom granting access to the throne-room of grace and we’re covered from head to toe with the armour of God for we are clothed with Christ and one with Him – His body, His church –His bride. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
The immature Christian likewise has access to a new mind – the new-mind of Christ, but the new life and this new mind must grow and mature into Christlikeness, and there is only one way, laid out in Scripture to spiritual growth and maturity.
Whenever we choose the wrong way through rebellion, wrong teaching or ignorance of God’s way of sanctification, every born-again believer has access back to throne of God, through confession of sins: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight – and God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9.
The man Christ Jesus has access ‘all things’ – to the inexhaustible supplies of the Father, and through Him we have become God’s children, and have the like-same access: for God Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
So we have been be equipped with every necessity, if we would but access it: put on the whole armour of God, we are told, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil Eph.6:11 ..
There are many people who would argue that they should certainly get into heaven. Many think they qualify to enter into paradise because of their many good deeds. Many consider that their applaudable attempts to keep the ten commandments are sufficient for God to joyfully fling wide the gates to happiness and bid them enter in. Many think that regular attendance at church more than meets God’s requirements, but this reasoning places the burden of responsibility of access to heaven – on ME. This thinking bases qualification to enter into heaven on Self..
Access or Estrangement
The immovable barrier between God and man was demolished by the Man, Christ Jesus.
God’s High Priest
Before the cross, man had to approach the Lord through a mediator – God’s high priest. Sin offerings, burnt offerings – ANY offerings were made to God through the high priest. The veil of the temple represented that division between man and God. Every offering made to God was pointing to the ultimate sacrifice – the Lord Jesus,– but man did not have access to God, for sin separated fallen man from a holy God.
We do not have to grovel for meager scraps at the bench of an unbelieving judge, for we have free and open access into the throne of grace and the riches of His love in Christ Jesus - so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Whether old testament saints or new testament believers, the only way to access this free and eternal gift from the Father is to trust in His Word and believe in His Son. The reformation verse that shattered corridors of Christendom was the just shall live by faith - the righteous man shall live by faith - the godly man, the virtuous woman, the justified sinner, the maturing believer are to all live by faith.
The children's access to the Lord Jesus was being blocked by His disciples, who even rebuked those that brought them to the Lord - treating them with distain and preventing the children from being able to approach Him freely.
when the sky turned black for three hours and the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom - giving all who will believe on Him, forgiveness of sin, life everlasting and access to the heavenly throne of grace.
The letters that are written by Paul, and the epistles that other New Testament apostles penned, should thrill our heart, for in them we gain exclusive information about our heavenly Father, and privileged access to Him, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The blood of innocent animals could only cover humanities sin until the perfect Lamb of God in the Person of the Lord Jesus came to earth to become that singular sacrifice, Who alone was sufficient to cleanse us from all sin and clothe us in the righteousness of God - and we access His forgiveness of our sins by faith in Him.
We praise You for Your boundless grace and unchangeable character and we bless You that Jesus is our perfect heavenly representative, Who has gained for us eternal access into Your holy presence, through the willing sacrifice of Himself upon the cross of Calvary.
Paul found his joy in Jesus and the joy of the Lord is our strength too, and whether we live or die, our joy in the faith is one of the many benefits we increasingly access as we abide in His love and He in us.
We do not have access to our Father by works of the law nor through our own righteous acts, good works or merit - but only by means of God's amazing grace, which was purchased for us through the precious blood of Christ on Calvary’s cross, so many years ago and we can say with confidence: God has heard our prayers and petitions – the Lord has heard my vows.
We have assured access to the throne of grace through Christ so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Prayer is a wonderful privilege to the one who is saved by grace thorough faith in Christ, for by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection He tore down the dividing wall between God and man, and gave us access to His throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
But He also was to present His risen Person before the throne of God so that all who believe on Him would have access to the throne of grace, knowing that He is our continuing Advocate with the Father.
As believers we are astonished to discover that it is not the Law of Moses nor even the Word of God that pronounces men as sinners in this passage, for not all people have had access to God's written word and yet from Adam onward we discover that ALL are under God's condemnation, because men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.
And for those who have never had access to the word of God, His condemnation still rests upon all men, for all are surrounded by the witness of nature - for the heavens declare the glory of God.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and was smitten of God for our sakes – so that by grace through faith in His sacrificial work on Calvary’s cross, we might be brought back into fellowship with God, receive access to the throne of grace and be endowed with the riches of God’s abundant blessings towards us – in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But what stark contrast there is between sinful man restricted approach to a holy God pre-cross and the believer's open-access to our heavenly Father post-cross.
Before we were born-again into the family of God we were without Christ, without a heavenly citizenship, without a covenant relationship, without God's promises, without access to the throne of grace and without hope in the world - we were godless sinners and members of a hopeless sinful race that was condemned to eternal separation from our Creator.
for ALL believers have found encouragement in Christ, ALL have known the consolation of God's love; ALL have benefitted from the fellowship of the Spirit, which is in Christ Jesus and ALL have access to God's grace and mercy..
It is not only in the outshining of our walk, as our life crosses the path of others that love should shine forth from our hearts, but in that secret place and within those private thoughts where no-other has access to our inner mind, save the omnipresent God.
Our times are in His hands and every day of our life that we have left in this mortal realm can be put to godly use or foolishly frittered away – Let us use our time wisely for we can come with confident access into the presence of God, in prayer and praise - through faith in Christ.
And we have freedom of access into the very chamber of the Godhead, for we are in union with Christ and can share sweet fellowship with the Father – Let us live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him, for we have the freedom to approach our God in confidence, knowing that He hears and answers all our needs and intercessions - through faith in Christ Jesus.
This privileged access into the very presence of the Almighty is for ALL who are the called – all who are Christians – all who are a part of the church – all who are a living stone being built together into the Temple of God - all who are members of the body of Christ.
Never let us forget that through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we have boldness and confident access to God. Day by day let us know and apply this glorious truth in our situation, in our life and in the time, we have left on this mortal realm.
Jews and Gentiles are one in Christ and are all adopted as God's own children and all are given equal access and equal privileges.
God's free gift of salvation was not only for the Jews but reaches out to whosoever will believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God - whether they are Jew or Gentile - for all have equal access to His goodness and grace and all receive His forgiveness and life everlasting - by faith in Jesus Christ the righteousness.
The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace – and that we access this salvation through faith, for you are saved by grace through faith. Then the Bible tells us that salvation has nothing to do with us.
Many erroneously think that to try to carry out these beatitudes in their everyday life will give them access to heaven by the back door, but no man or woman can come close to the ideal standard that God requires..
Every one of us that submits to the Lord in faith has generous access to the wisdom of God – for the one that walks in spirit and truth will be the one that exhibits the sweet character of Christ, as we rest in Him and He lives in us.
This is a verse that rejoices our hearts for this Throne of Grace is the eternal seat of the sovereign God, Whose mercy-seat has covered our sins forever and by Whose grace the veil of the temple is torn from top to bottom to provide us access into the presence of our heavenly Father.
This is a heavenly vision of unapproachable Deity, enthroned on His seat of mercy and grace, granting peace; pardon, mercy and confident access to all who believe on His name.
In Christ are found all the treasures of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, and we who have been saved by grace through faith, have direct access to the Lord Himself, for we have the mind of Christ - and any of us who lack wisdom, are entreated to ask God - Who will give generously to all, without finding fault.
We are instructed to pray in confident faith, by maintaining an unshakable trust in the Word of God, and by standing on His precious promises - which provide all we need according to His riches in mercy... when we choose to walk in spirit and truth, and maintain unhindered access to the throne of God - that we may receive mercy and grace, for help in time of need.
we too have been given all we need for life and godliness and have access to the riches of His grace, but unless our vertical relationship with our heavenly Father is founded upon the Lord Jesus Christ, our life becomes futile and our fellowship with Him is broken - and no matter what material possessions, intellectual prowess or popularity we achieve - it is all meaningless.
Just as the women at the tomb were told He is My Father and your Father; My God and you God, so we, who have been born into His family; have access to His throne of grace and the authority to call Him, Abba.
He tells us of the riches of God's grace towards us; the mystery of His will to those who are in Christ Jesus, what it means to be a new creation in Him and how He has broken down the middle wall of partition - giving all who are in Christ direct access into the throne-room of God.
All men and women of faith, that were born prior to Christ, were likened to underage children, who were still under the tutorage of a schoolmaster - having a future inheritance but not yet able to access it.
Through the blood of Christ, Christians in this Church dispensation, have been given access into the throne-room of God, and as His children, we have been given the right to draw near to Him with boldness, so that we may receive mercy, and find grace for help in time of need.
The Lord Jesus raised a handful of people from physical death during His time on earth to authenticate His God-ordained, Messianic claims, but when Peter preached his first sermon.. 3000 souls were saved - 3000 spiritual resurrections were secured - 3000 people gained access to the Father's throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
ALL have sinned and need a Saviour, and ALL have access to this incredible free gift of God’s glorious grace – and those who believe that the LORD has laid on HIM the iniquity of us all are not only forgiven forever and given eternal life, but the Lord has laid on US the unsearchable riches of His grace and clothed us in His robe of righteousness.
for although we are privileged to call Him, Abba - Father, and are given access to His throne of grace, through the merit of Jesus Christ our Lord - we should never forget He is the One Who judges the day-to-day thoughts of our heart and the imaginations of our mind.
And if you and I received from the Lord what we truly deserve, we too would never gain access to the throne-room of grace and have a vision of the glory of the Lord.
But God in His loving -kindness and gracious mercy sent His only begotten Son to come to earth to die in our place - so that we might come boldly into the presence of the Lord - to find mercy in time of need and gain immediate and intimate access into the heart of the Father, forever.
Without Christ there is no access to God and eternal life, for in Him is the light of life to all who believe - and God has given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as God has given Him - and this is eternal life to know God and to know Jesus Christ Whom He sent.
And now through Jesus both Jew and Gentile have access to the Father - by means of the Holy Spirit - because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, for our sins.
His blood paid the price for our sins and we are declared righteous, simply by believing on His name - and it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born from above and become a new creation in Christ, which gives us access into the very throne-room of our Father in heaven - hallowed be Thy wonderful name.
We are not required to ascend the mountainous track to Jerusalem, thrice yearly to plead for forgiveness and mercy - for we have the Spirit of God residing forever in our hearts - and by the sacrifice of Christ's blood we have access into the holy throne-room of God every moment of the day.
When Zophar spoke these words to Job, we discover that He was under the false impression, that (unlike Job in his opinion) he had access to the deep things of God and that he knew all there was to know of God - giving him free rein to accuse his friend.
Christians similarly must walk that same spiritual path as their heavenly Lord, with the same humble mind and a teachable disposition that was displayed in the life of Christ Jesus our Lord - so that we too can access the mind of the Almighty as we abide in Him and He in us.
We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under His table but we can boldly approach the throne of grace because we appeal to Christ's worthiness and call on His righteousness.We petition the Father through the precious blood of His only begotten Son and we approach the throne of grace in the name of Jesus - for there is no other name given among men through Whom we have access to God.
It is by trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the Righteous, that we have access by one Spirit to the Father and can boldly draw near to the throne of God, confident that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
But there is further, glorious access that each born-again believer has to the Father..
We approach the Father through the Son and we have this incredible access through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
knowing that it is through Christ alone that we have access by one Spirit to the Father - for ever and ever, Amen.
Israel will one day drink deeply of the living water when she recognises the Lord Jesus as Her promised Messiah and Lord – but praise God that we have access to His reviving, reinvigorating, rejuvenating and replenishing refreshment today and forevermore.
All have fallen short of God's glory but all have equal access to the riches of God's kindness and grace - by faith in Christ.
Gentile sinners who had no access to the God's Law will not be judged by the Law - but they are nonetheless sinners, who remain under God's condemnation and are in need of a Saviour - if they are to escape the wrath of God and eternal separation from Him.
It is only by placing our faith in Christ's finished work on Calvary that we have been given access into the throne-room of grace - and if we abide in Him and walk in the light of His love, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son, cleanses us from all sin
We who have access to the whole counsel of God have a fuller understanding that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us and we recognise the futility of questioning God's authority or challenging God's power when we are compassed about by evil.
And at that very time the veil of the Temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom - opening the way for all who believe on His name to have access to the throne of grace - for mercy to find help in time of need.
so that by faith in Him we are given access into the holy of holies - by the blood of Jesus Christ..
Jesus is our sufficient strength in every situation, but it is by abiding in Him that we are enabled to access His power through a knowledge of Him, Who brought us out of darkness into his glorious light.