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Our Confidence Before Godʼs Throne

June 27, 2011

We know that worship can be expressed many different ways, but one reason we gather together and sing Godʼs praises as a church is because it is what is going on in heaven now and for eternity; gathering before Godʼs throne and worshiping Him. Weʼre not gathering before a couple of large projection screens and a stage, weʼre worshiping at His throne, even though one day weʼll visibly see Him face to face in His visible Kingdom.

We get a glimpse of this in Revelation 7:9-11 that says: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God”

We know this is what weʼll be doing in heaven one day gathered with the great multitude before the throne, but what about here and now on the earth? In the Old Testament, Godʼs people couldnʼt even go into the holy of holies where Godʼs presence dwelt without the mediation of the high priest. You couldnʼt just walk boldly before Godʼs presence because no one was righteous enough to stand and live before our holy God. After purifying themselves, the high priests would go into the holy of holies over and over again to atone for the sins of the people. But then Jesus came into the picture. By living and dying without sin on our behalf, He became our great high priest and imparted to us that righteousness necessary to come boldly before Godʼs throne through him as our mediator.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says: “Since then 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 is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. [And here is where our boldness in worship is] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…” So even now, with confidence we come before Godʼs throne because of our great high priest, Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! However, for those who are not in Christ there is no mediation on their behalf, and therefore Godʼs throne is a scary place to be if you are relying on your own righteousness and not Christʼs.

Matthew 25 says: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Then he will say to those on his left,’Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” So if we are in Christ, we come before Godʼs throne with great confidence to worship Him.

I encourage you to read John chapter 17 which is “The High Priestly Prayer” that Jesus prays for us who have placed our trust in Him. Jesus prays: “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Let us remember: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, … Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…”

Kyle Spencer,

FUEL Service 6-26-11

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