“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.” (Hebrews 4:12 – 13)
Paul would have me believe (and you too, beloved reader) that this is something that I should fear. Well, I do not. Not from the One to whom I must render an account of myself. I have already confessed to the Divine my flaws and failings. Indeed, I do not attempt to hide them from the Divine. I could not if I wanted to. And I welcome (I actually do!) the two-edged sword. I want the Divine to discern and cleanse me. Because, beloved reader, the Divine I believe in is gentle and patient, filled with compassion and yearns to teach and guide me to a better way to live, and a better place in my life. As Paul says,
“Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” (Verses 14 – 15)
Now here actually is where Paul has me worried a little bit. Because the testing that Jesus under went is not totally compatible to our modern life. Not that I doubt or am worried that the Divine’s compassion would not apply to me. But I fear Paul’s assessment of what Jesus would allow. Because, beloved reader, Paul is more than a little out of step with our modern times. If I take it upon grace and faith that Jesus Christ is cognizant of the times we live in, I have not fears. But if I look at life through the lens that Paul had – well, things could get uncomfortable. And let us be honest, beloved reader, Christianity has taken a lot of criticism that should be more appropriately focused on the practitioners of the faith then on the faith tenets as set down by Jesus INDEPENDENT of all biblical commentary.
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Verse 16)
Paul, with all his knowledge and insight, is not a High Priest liken to Jesus the Messiah. Any preacher or minister you could name is not a High Priest liken to Jesus the Messiah. And Christians, no matter their training, experience, renown, or impact on society are not liken to Jesus the Messiah. Only Jesus who is the Divine occupies the Throne of Grace. So we can breath a sigh of relief, and approach the Throne without fear! Shalom & Selah!