We are already accepted by God because He accepted the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf.
Application #1: When we feel less than whole, if we can do only one thing, it is to believe in God’s acceptance of us and His overwhelming, undeserved love for us because God the Father accepted the sacrifice of Jesus to purchase that acceptance for us.
Depression does lift, sometimes only long enough to re-center ourselves in the reality of God’s amazing love and grace, and recognize that His love and grace is grounded in Him, not in our lowly sufferings. But our hope lies in the affirmation that God is aware of our suffering.
From Scripture we know that God loves us completely, His compassions are never ceasing, and His grace is never contingent on our feelings and actions. Though these bodies are withering away and becoming less and less whole, He remains the same yesterday, today and forever. Our hope is our Savior, Who is acquainted with our weaknesses and our griefs better than we are. He is pouring out His love upon us even when we don’t feel it. Even more, it isn’t contingent upon whether we can or can’t reciprocate His love.
Application #2: God told the writers of the New Testament to remind His people to accept each other and their weaknesses just as He accepted them in their weaknesses.
Once again, when we see God, through the writers of the New Testament, exhort believers to accept each other because God has accepted them, we need to take note that this is something that God wants His people to know and to demonstrate to each other. (Also see: 1 Corinthians 8 and 9). The strong are always told to make allowances for the weak, not force the weak to rise to the strength of the strong.
It cost Jesus a great sacrifice to grant a sinful people peace with God and to demonstrate that they are now acceptable in the Father’s eyes. The last thing He would want is for them to feel they are disqualified because they are weak.
Application #3: We are pre-authorized to enter the throne room of grace, to approach the throne of God!
This will not be the last time we will discuss the throne of grace, but let’s just lay this down here: nobody is allowed into a king’s court without either permission or by demand. In Esther’s case (See Esther 4:11 & 5:2), she anxiously awaited the king to stretch out his scepter, demonstrating to her that she was being accepted into his court without fear of punishment or even death.
That is what the writer of Hebrews was referring to: we need not ask permission, neither do we need to be invited into the throne room of God, because we are pre-approved! We can confidently enter into the throne room of grace and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are already accepted. There, we will find grace and mercy whenever we need it. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Verses To Meditate On
Romans 14:1,3 (NASB): “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions… for God has accepted Him.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT): “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Romans 15:15–16 (NLT): “Even so, I [Paul] have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News [the Gospel] so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:7 (NASB): “Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”
When we feel less than whole, if we can do only one thing, it is to BELIEVE in God’s acceptance of us & His overwhelming, underserved love for us, because God the Father accepted the sacrifice of Jesus to purchase that acceptance for us.Tweet