mercy and grace

Hebrews 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.

Our God is a holy God, Who lives in a holy Heaven, Whose Son is holy, and has given us His Holy Spirit all of which are revealed in His holy Scriptures. His holy standards, which come from His nature and character, do not change with the decaying culture of the world. One of the things that must be understood when talking of God’s high holy standards is His mercy. His throne, the seat of His authority, makes both grace and mercy available Hebrews 4:16. Grace, mercy, and holiness need understood together. Holiness is his standard; grace is God giving us what we do not deserve; and mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve. The modern day responses to God’s high holy standards some have said or inferred that because we are under grace that there is no standard. God’s high holy standards have not been removed or lowered under grace. We should not adjust them or adapt them down. Neither should we give up under them, or hypocritically pretend to meet them when we do not.

None of these are Biblical responses or options that God intended us to take and none of these approaches will lead to liberty and life.The answer lies in understanding mercy along with holiness. As grace does not change the standard but helps us to meet the standard so mercy helps us when we fail to measure up to it. His mercy allows us to keep reaching for His high holy standard. God’s throne of grace is where we can find grace to help but also where we can obtain mercy Hebrews 4:16. Why would we need to obtain mercy or forgiveness if everything was automatically forgiven? Only the guilty need mercy but thank God, His mercy endures forever.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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