Suffer Well

Christ is magnified in our suffering. Either by rescuing us from it, walking with us through it, or calling us home to be with him, which is greater.
Jesus is good when nothing is going good and Jesus is good when all is good!
In life we are fruitful and labor for the spreading of the Gospel and the edification of the church body.
In death we receive that which we long for. Jesus!
What makes us fear the life we are called to live in Christ? What makes us shrink back, stay quiet, and fear to live counter-culturally? Is Jesus our treasure? Or do we value our lives and our comfort more? “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV. To God be the glory!
for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:19-21 ESV

The parable of the sower

-This is going to be long but I want to try to explain the parable of the sower if you have time to read this.
To a crowd of people Jesus told this parable:
“A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13:3-9 ESV

Then later Jesus goes on to explain it to his disciples saying:
“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Matthew 13:18-23 ESV
Ok so now let's go through it and look at it piece by piece.
·A sower went out to sow.
- The sower is anyone who is speaking the Gospel to the world.
-The seeds are the word of God being preached to the world by the sower.
So now we come to were it talks about seeds falling on 4 different types of places. This is a picture of what happens in different people's hearts when they hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached. First off let's make clear what the Gospel is. The Gospel is that we are dead in our sins, deserving of eternal hell, but Jesus lived the perfect life that we could not, was crucified and died for our sins, and was raised from the dead on the third day so that we can have new life in Him.
With that said let's see what Jesus says happens in people's hearts on hearing this.

-These are people who hear the Gospel but are not able to understand because Satan snatches it away. They are blind to the Gospel. To them it is foolishness. They do not believe because they are children of the devil.
-In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
-The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV
-For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:6-8 ESV
-Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
John 8:47 ESV
-Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.
John 10:25-26 ESV

- Jesus said these are ones who hear the word and receive it at once with joy but fall away with trouble and persecution.
- This is what I call the prosperity Gospel. These people hear the Gospel preached but what they hear is not the message that was actually preached. Instead of hearing Jesus say that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure found in a field. A treasure so precious that the finder sold all they had to have only that treasure. Well this kind of person hears that Jesus will bless them. They say "what can I get". They don't want Jesus because he's Jesus. They want Jesus for what he can do for them. Money,fame,health, and to fix their mess and they joyfully jump on board with that. So when they don't get rich, healthy, happy, and get their marriage fixed or they are ridiculed for their claim to faith they fall away because Jesus didn't work for them. Judas was this type of person. This is a person who has believed in vain. Their faith is not in Jesus to save them from their sin but in something else entirely.

-Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
John 6:26-27 ESV

-Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV

-Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
Hebrews 3:12 ESV
-They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
1 John 2:19 ESV
-“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21 ESV

-Jesus said that the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word and these people are not fruitful.
This is much like the second one except these people hear that they are to sell all they own and only desire Jesus but they love the world. They count the cost of following Jesus and it is not worth it to them.
-And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
Matthew 8:19-22 ESV
-Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:21-22 ESV
-“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:44 ESV
-Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15 ESV


- Jesus said these are the ones who hear the word, receive it and bears fruit.
These are genuine believers who have had their hearts transformed by the hearing of the Gospel through the Holy Spirit.
-Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ESV

-I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 ESV


Is the sky blue because you believe it or do you believe it because it is?
Did Jesus Christ save you because you believe it or do you believe he saved you because he did?
Salvation is like a man trapped in a burning building. Because of the smoke, he cannot see how to escape. He is weak and does not possess the means to save himself. He is passed out and unable to hear anyone trying to save him to call out to them. He is as good as dead.
But a fireman rushes into the burning building and takes the man upon himself and carries him out to safety.
Is the man saved because he believed it or did he believe it because he was saved?
We were spiritually blind (Isa 42:7).
We were spiritually deaf (Isa 42:18).
We were without strength; we were lame (Rom 5:6, Isa 35:5).
We were dead in our sins (Eph 2:1, Rom 5:7).
We were enemies of God (Rom 5:10, Rom 8:7).
We were by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3)
We did not seek God nor could we (Rom 3:10-18, Rom 8:7).
We were all wise in our own eyes, our own way seemed right to us. (Isa 5:21, Prov 3:7, Prov 14:12).
But Jesus purchased for us on the cross complete and total salvation. Through himself he not only paid for our sins but also bought for us the gifts of “faith” and “repentance”and "obedience". We are given our portion of faith as a gift (Rom 12:3, Eph 2:8) and we are granted repentance that we may know the truth (2 Tim 2:25). Jesus blood, the blood of the New Covenant (Luke 22:20), purchased for us the New Covenant (Jer 31:31, Jer 32:39, Deut 30:6, Ez 11:19). He purchased for us a new heart and a new spirit. He gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us and gives us obedience.
Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Salvation for start to finish is a work of God. “Salvation belongs to the Lord” (Ps. 3:8)
The Father foreknew and predestined. The Son purchases the elect and the requirements of their salvation. The Holy Spirit calls and draws the elect and empowers them to continue. Amen, God is good!
Rom 8:29
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
We believe that we are saved because we have been. We believe that Jesus is the Christ because we have been born of God.
1 John 5:1 "everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him."
If salvation depends on our own belief and faith by our own effort then none of us would be saved. Thank God that He overcomes our disbelief and our rebellion against Him through the Holy Spirit, and that He gives us faith, repentance, and obedience in Christ!

3 Gifts

In Matthew chapter 2 the wise men brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. These represent 3 major orders that Jesus fulfills.

Gold- Is symbolic of kingship. The wise men tell Harod before they go that they are going to see the child who is born King of the Jews. The Gospel according to Mathew is focused on the fulfillment of the prophesies of the King of Kings, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Matt 2:6 quotes the prophesy that this king would be born in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah. That is the reason for the big list of names that no one ever reads, to prove that Jesus fulfills this role.
Frankincense- Is an incense which is symbolic of prayer. This represents Jesus as High Priest, who intercedes (prays for the forgiveness of sins and offers a Sacrifice) to The Father on our behalf. Revelation 8:1-5 speaks of how prayer rises up to The Father like the smell of incense burning. Leviticus chapter 16 tells about how the high priest uses incense while making atonement for the people of God. Psalm 141:2 say let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Myrrh- A burial perfume that was put on the bodies of the dead. This is symbolic of Christ as our Sacrifice; that he would die for our sins. Remember later (in John 12) Mary anoints Jesus with Myrrh before his death. Then after the crucifixion Joseph and Nicodemus anoint his body before they place him in the tomb. (John 19:38)
In Hebrews 7 it explains all three of these. It speaks of Jesus as fulfilling the order of Melchizedek, who was King and High Priest. then about Jesus it says:
Hebrews 7:26-27 ESV
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.

You are more transparent than you may think.

There are three things about you that Jesus said will reveal what is in your heart.

1. Your actions or your works will show what you value. 
Jesus said in Luke 6:44 "each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush."

2.Your words reveal what is inside of you. 
Jesus said in Luke 6:45 "out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

3. How you spend your money shows what you truly treasure.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

I think that John confirms this in 1 John 2:16 when he says "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world". 

If we desire for our flesh and our works are centered around our self and our own happiness instead of being birthed out of a love for Christ and a desire to please him and love others, the love of God is not in us.

If the desire of our eyes is anything other than Christ, the love of God is not in us.

If our words are boastful and proud of ourselves and only build ourselves up instead of making much of Christ and building up others, the love of God is not in us.

Cain's mark

I wrote yesterday about the Cain and Able story, explaining what I believe the events were meant to be a visually illustration for; However the story continues with Cain and I would like to write on it also. This one is a bit more complicated to explain and I apologize if it is a bit lengthy or confusing.

After Cain kills Able in Genesis 4 a conversation takes place between God and Cain. The Lord confronts Cain with his sin. God gives Cain both a curse and a blessing. He curses him by saying: “You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” This is a common theme in Scripture. Sin separates us from God. This happened to Adam and Eve in Gen.3 they sinned and were removed from God’s presence and out of the land that was given to them. This happened also with the Israelites when they were taken into captivity in Egypt and when they were taken into captivity in Babylon. 

The curse God is giving is that He will be a wanderer in a land that is not his own. He would be an alien, a foreigner, a sojourner, a vagabond. 
Cain reacts to the curse with what I believe is remorse. He says: “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 

But the Lord makes him a promise (or gives him a blessing). 
“Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.”

Some people speculate that since Cain is said to have been wicked (but so are all of us Rom3:23) that this may be the mark of the beast, but I do not believe this is the case. In Revelation 14:9 it says that all who receive the mark of the beast will be destroyed. Here God is promising that he will not be destroyed. The mark of the beast is Satan’s cheap imitation of the mark that The Lord gives to his people. 

In Ezekiel and in Revelation it foretells of the sign (the mark or the seal) that will be given to God’s people. 

[Parenthesis added for emphases] 

EZK9:4.ESV And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and [put a mark on the foreheads] of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” And to the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike. Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity. Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, [but touch no one on whom is the mark]. And begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house.

REV7:2.ESV Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, [with the seal of the living God], and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, [until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”]

We find out in Ephesians that this mark or seal is the Holy Spirit.

EPH1:13.ESV In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, [were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit], who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

So God gives Cain a curse because of his sin, telling him that he will be a wanderer of a land he does not belong to, but he also gives him a mark to protect him. After the resurrection of Christ this curse is turned on its head. 

In the book of John when Jesus is praying for his people he says;

JHN17:14.ESV I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because [they are not of the world], just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. [They are not of the world], just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so [I have sent them into the world.]

Before we were cast from God’s presence; Now Jesus (God in the flesh) has come into our presence and says the same thing that he said to Cain. He sends us into a land that we do not belong to (for we now belong in God’s Kingdom with him) and he gives us the mark or the sign of the Holy Spirit to seal our election so we will not face destruction and to protect us from the enemy.

We are Cain but Jesus is Able

In Luke 11:50 Jesus confirms that Able who was killed by his brother Cain in Genesis 3 was a prophet. But the Bibles doesn't record any prophetic words spoken or written by Able. So his life and death must have been a visual illustration that was the prophecy. Jesus said that the Law and the Prophets testified about him, so Able being a prophet is going to foreshadow Jesus is some way. It gives us a few clues. It tells us that Able was a keeper of sheep (a shepard) and Cain was a worker of the ground. In his ministry Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepard. If you back up from Cain and Abel to chapter 3, God curses the man saying "... cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life"
So Abel represents Jesus and Cain represents mankind. Able gives an offering of flesh; Jesus offers his own flesh. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Cain offers his cursed work of the ground; We offered God our works which are but filthy rags to Him. Cain became angry and jealous because God approved of Able's offering but not his. In Acts, Peter stands up in front of a crow and says: Acts 2:22-23 ESV
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, [you crucified and killed] by the hands of lawless men." We are Cain but Jesus is Able. We killed Jesus but Jesus saves us.

Will God really not put more on us than we can handle?

"God will never put more on you than you can handle."
I cant tell you how many times I have heard this said by christians who are either in a rough spot or they are trying to help someone else through one.
The truth is that this is not Scripture! There is a verse like it, but it is a very different message.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says that God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

This verse is where people get this idea, but in reality this verse is talking about temptation not about storms we face and valleys we have to walk through.

The truth is that it is exactly opposite of what most people believe. God will place more on you than you can handle, because if you never had any troubles you would have no need for him and his strength. There is quote from C.S. Lewis where he started that God uses pain as a megaphone to get the attention of a deaf world.
So often if you are going through a rough place it is because God is giving you the chance to build your faith and live by his strength. This is what Paul ment when he said I can do all
things through Christ who gives me strength. It doesn't mean you are going to win because Jesus is on your team, it means that even if you are losing you can be content in leaning on Christ strength; being content that your joy is not found in your circumstances but rather in your identity IN CHRIST.
That is why it says in James 1:2-4 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Clothed in His righteousness

So I was doing a studying the other day and I stumbled across something I have look over and missed several times. Does this make sense or am I crazy? 

I am studying what Martin Luther, one of the great church fathers, called "The Great Exchange". This says that at the cross of Jesus Christ there was an exchange that was made. The trade that was made was that Jesus would take our sins and those who believe in his name would recieve the righteosness of

--So remember this is the theme: Our sins for His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21.ESV For our sake he {made him to be sin} who knew no sin, so that in him {we might become the righteousness of God.}

--I have found that the Bible speaks of righteousness as clothing. It says to Put Off or Put On like you are removing or adding clothing:

Ephesians 4:22.ESV {to put off your old self}, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to {put on the new self}, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Galatians 3:27.ESV For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have {put on Christ.}

Colossians 3:9-10 ESV
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have {put off the old self} with its practices and have {put on the new self}, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

--So this is what blows my mind, when Jesus was crucified there where some soldies who cast losts for his clothing:

John 19:23.ESV When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did these things,

--The clothing they were dividing among themselves was symbolic of the righteousness of Christ being distributed between many!!!

Isaiah 53:11.ESV Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, {make many to be accounted righteous}, and {he shall bear their iniquities}. Therefore I will {divide him a portion with the many}, and he shall {divide the spoil with the strong}, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors

The simple garments divided up between the four soldiers represents common grace distributed to
every corner of the world. (This is the benefits of the atoning work of Christ as Christianity's influence in the world, hospitals,education, adoption, value of human life, ect.)

The seamless tunic represents Saving Grace to God's elect. Those that will inherit eternal life. This is the one they cast lots over. In proverbs it says lots are cast but it is the Lord who decideds. 
It is really complex and I do not understand fully.

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A need for a Mediator

1 John 2:1 ESV

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

To fully understand this passage about Christ as our “Advocate” or our “Mediator” as the New King James version says, I think that we first need to back up and consider these questions:
• What is the condition of man?
• How does that condition affect our relationship with God?
• What is a mediator and why do we need one?
The Bible tells us that we, as image bearers of God, have openly rebelled against our Creator since the beginning of time. Our father Adam sinned on behalf of all mankind, causing us to be sinners by nature. Verses like Psalm 51:5 and Psalm 58:3 say that we are born sinners. Not only are we sinners by nature, but we are also sinners by choice. Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
So what does this mean for us? What are the consequences of sinning against a Holy God; and what does that do to our relationship with Him?
Because we have sinned against God, Isaiah 59:2 says “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” And out of that separation from your God and Creator comes death (physical and spiritual).
We stand guilty before a Just Judge and are sentenced to death (Rom 6:23). Because God is a Holy and Just God we who are sinful are unworthy to be in His presence; and because of our guilt we are unable to plea our case because He will not listen.
Job understood this; That God is a Just God and that His verdict cannot be disputed. He says in Job 9:14 “How then can I answer Him, And choose my words to reason with Him? For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge. If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.”
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (God speaking through him) Job observes that because God is so Great and Glorious, that God cannot sympathize or understand what it is like to be a man tempted by sin; Unless God became a man! (Job 10:4-6)
Job then continues to point out that since God is holy and we are unworthy of His presence; and since God is not a man that he could sympathize with our struggles; we are in need of a Mediator, someone who is great and worthy in the eyes of God and who is also able to speak to us and sympathize with our struggles.
He says in Job 32:35 “For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both. Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me. Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not so with me.”
So in the New Testament we see in verses like our subject text in 1 John that Jesus is our Mediator, He pleas our case to the Father on our behalf (kind of like a lawyer if we keep with the court room theme). We see that because Jesus is both fully God and fully man he is worthy and he can understand the struggles we face as a man and can serve as the perfect Mediator between us and the Father.
Hebrews 7:26 tells us that he is worthy, saying “For such a High Priest [a mediator] was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;”
But also Hebrews 4:15 tells us that he was a man who can understand from our perspective, saying “For we do not have a High Priest [a mediator] 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.
So even though we are unworthy to come into the presence of God and unworthy to be heard by Him, as Hebrews 4:16 said, Though Jesus we can boldly approach the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.