If through all your life, you have been afraid to approach God’s throne, then maybe nobody has told you that you’ve been issued with a golden circle ticket – through your standing in Christ.
It’s that simple. We have confidence to boldly approach God’s throne, not through our own goodness, but on the basis of our standing in Christ. To the degree that we lack confidence to approach the throne, is the degree to which we have not had a revelation of Jesus and who we are in Him.
We often feel so unworthy, that it impacts on us having liberty with the Father. To the degree that shame, guilt or unworthiness hinders your approach to His embrace in intimate tenderness, is the degree to which you do not really understand the love of the father.
Think for a moment about the prodigal son story, and how the loving father embraces His son in love and tenderness as he returns home. This son tries to present his unworthy state to the father, who promptly calls for the best cloak in an effort to remind the son of his true identity. This parable was told by Jesus to highlight to us how the father embraces us, even after we’ve made the most horrendous mess.
The only qualification to boldly access with confidence, is to have faith in Jesus. He alone qualifies us. There is nothing we can do to earn this boldness. Nothing else can qualify us, only the perfect sacrifice of Jesus and His blood shed on our behalf. This was His eternal purpose, to relate to people by grace.
2 Corinthians 3:4-12 says: “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent.”
Let’s be really honest with ourselves, can we base our confidence to approach God on ourselves or our own efforts? What could we possibly offer as a sacrifice that would please Him enough to enter His presence, continually, day after day, with a conscience clear from sin?
Only Jesus gives us the gift of righteousness, so that we can approach God without any fear. We don’t need to fear punishment, he punished Jesus in our stead. We don’t need to fear rejection; he rejected Jesus in our place on the cross. Jesus got what he did not deserve so that we could get what we don’t deserve. Part of that inheritance is a door permanently open to the Father.