Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace for Timely Help

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.”

Note 2 on mercy says: “Both God’s mercy and God’s grace are the expression of His love. When we are in a pitiful condition, first God’s mercy reaches us and brings us into a situation in which He is able to favor us with His grace. Luke 15:20-24 tells us that when the father saw the prodigal son returning, he had compassion on him. That was mercy, which expressed the father’s love. Then the father clothed him with the best robe and fed him with the fattened calf. That was grace, which again manifested the father’s love. God’s mercy reaches farther and bridges the gap between us and God’s grace.

God’s mercy and grace are always available to us. However, we need to receive and find them by exercising our spirit to come to the throne of grace and contact our High Priest, who is touched with the feeling of all our weaknesses. By this word the writer of this book encouraged the wearied Hebrew believers to receive mercy and find grace for timely help, that they might be set upright (12:12).”

Cross-reference “b” on mercy directs us to these verses:

Romans 9:15: “For to Moses He says, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’”

Romans 9:23: “In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory.”


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6 thoughts on “Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace for Timely Help

  1. I’ve noticed that Ephesians says that God causes grace to abound to us, and yet Hebrews here says that we need to come forward to the throne of grace that we might find grace. I appreciate that both are true: God causes grace to abound yet at the same time we need to come forward to find grace. May we keep coming forward all the time!

  2. These last 2 days the Light has been shining on my shortness of Christ as my Life and yet that realization just draws me closer to The Savior’s wounded side. It’s a wonderful paradox to realize our shortcomings and yet know how thoroughly loved and accepted we are in The Son. My heart is full of hope for His work in my heart as I just confess to Him my own life’s weaknesses and failures. Knowing I’m still a member of The Body of Christ and that His Grace is available brings a lot of comfort and joy. Daily life on planet Earth just prompts me to pray “strengthen with might my inner man and make home in all my heart”. Asking for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done is a daily request as I grieve for the plight of so many people near and far. Knowing He will have His way, as Jesus is Lord of all, causes me to look for His wisdom and understanding applied to daily life for myself and others every morning. I’m so thankful God has shown us through the death and resurrection of Jesus that life on Earth is about knowing His Spirit and Life in our spirit. There could be no more valued gift to pursue on a daily basis than His Life to transform us for His Church Life on the earth.

  3. And, 2 Corinthians 12:9 also says that His grace is sufficient for us, “for My power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over me.” I enjoyed these footnote: Sufferings and trials are often ordained by the Lord for us that we may experience Christ as grace and power. For the sufficiency of the Lord’s grace to be magnified, our sufferings are required; for the perfectness of the Lord’s power to be shown forth, our weakness is needed. Hence, the apostle would most gladly boast in his weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over him. Grace is the supply, and power is the strength, the ability, of grace. Both are the resurrected Christ, who is now the life-giving Spirit dwelling in us for our enjoyment.

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