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The Throne of Grace ~ Ephesians 1:15-22

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.”

Paul’s prayer is God’s desire for us as well “that they might know God.”  In expressing his prayer that the Ephesians might know “the exceeding greatness of His Power toward us who believe”(Ephesians 1:19), Christ is seated at the right hand of God. We draw near with confidence to the throne of grace to pray. (Hebrews 4:16)  At the throne, we receive mercy and grace. Mercy is His life given to us. We are now able to live by the life of God. Grace is God’s ability or capacity in us and through us, to do His will. The throne of grace contains the name and works of every son of God. Written in the Lamb’s book of life. Every one of us needs help. We are not God. We have needs. We have weaknesses. We have confusion. We have limitations of all kinds. We need help. And therefore at the bottom of our hearts we know that we do not deserve the help we need. And so we feel trapped. I need help to live my life and to handle death and to cope with eternity—help with my family, my spouse, my children, my loneliness, my job, my health, my finances. I need help. But I don’t deserve the help I need. Yes, we all need help. Yes, none of us deserves the help we need. But no to despair and pride and lechery. Look at what God says. Because we have a great High Priest, the throne of God is a throne of grace. And the help we get at that throne is mercy and grace to help in time of need. Grace to help! Not deserved help — gracious help.

Bill Johnson

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