Scriptural Gem for June 2015

In Hebrews 4:15-16 we read: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (NKJV)

In verse 16 of our passage above, the translation indicates that we should approach the throne of grace with "boldness" or "confidence." This seems to encourage us to come without fear. However, the original Greek word here says so much more...

The original Greek word translated 'boldly' is "parrhesia." This word is, in fact, made up of two parts: the first part is "pas" which means "all, every, or the whole." The second part is "rheo." This means "to speak, to utter." The word "parrhesia" thus means "everything to speak." The invitation offered is, "Tell Me everything, all of it, and leave nothing out!" Now, it also makes much more sense why Hebrews 4:13 contains a reference to everything being uncovered and laid bare in God's sight.

So dear friend, are you offering everything to God or just your "good" bits as you see fit? This wonderful verse encourages us to pour everything out to the Living God before His wonderful throne of grace. Only then are we being truly honest and open to the transforming work that only He can do!

Dear Lord, You command us to come transparent and laid bare before You. May our hearts yield to You as we find ourselves at the throne of Your grace. Amen.

Werner Schreiber