Let Us Draw Near

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Have you ever worked with a Christian brother or sister who was struggling with issues of faith? At one point or another every one of us hits a wall, runs into quicksand, gets burdened down with issues of life and the that fire we had starts to cool. Well the author of the Letter to the Hebrews used a great device that we can use to help anyone we know who is struggling.

As we read through Hebrews we find a little grammatical device that is used to edify and build faith. This device or tool usually begins with the expression “let us.”

When an author used this simple grammatical device, he/she exhort (strongly encourage) someone to join in with them in an action. They could exhort one to join in and help start an action that had not yet begun.

Or the could exhort someone to join in an action that had begun already: namely an action that was in progress and in which the author or speaker was already engaged.

In Hebrews, both kinds were used by the author. See his “Let Us Exhortation” below.

Heb. 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

In this passage, “Let us” signifies that the author is already engaged in the action of boldly coming to the throne of Grace. He is presently coming to this throne to get some things.

First, he goes there to obtain mercy. Second, he goes there to find grace to help. Third, he goes there to get the above two things in a timely fashion, when the need arises.

By using the “Let Us Exhortation Device,” our author exhorts his readers to join in with him in an action already in progress and in which the author himself is already engaged.

He is already coming boldly into the very throne room of God himself. He is coming into that awesome room to get some things.

He does it boldly. He is not a wimp. He knows who he is. He knows what the promises are. He knows what is his.

He goes in boldly to get them. He exhorts all his readers to join in with him in this ongoing action. We should also join in with him in this ongoing action.

This Abrahamic promise included healing, prosperity and family well being in addition to salvation. We are also assured of the promises provided by Jesus himself. The promise of healing, salvation, eternal life, and freedom.

The blessings he had are also ours by grafting. Gentile Christians are included in this same Abrahamic covenant right along with the Jews. Consequently, healing, prosperity, family well being as well as salvation belong to us also.

For these reasons we can come into the throne room just as boldly as the author of Hebrews. No wonder this author used this faith building, Greek device to exhort us ( we Gentile Christians are included by grafting) to enter into this same throne room right along with him. We have the same right to enter and get what we need when we need it.

So here we are, let us go now to the Thrown of God. Do you need healing, prosperity, family well being in addition to your salvation, enter the throne to obtain not only your need but more importantly communion with God. You have been given the ‘right’ through adoption, through being grafted into the the family. Or maybe i should say it the way John did in 1 John 3:1 “Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God”!

 

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