A Welcoming Throne
It used to be that the Book of Hebrews was a mysterious, closed book to me. There were places that sounded ominous, like the warning in chapter six. And certainly we ought to take such admonitions seriously. But I had missed the whole point.
Hebrews is about the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. Who He is (fully God, fully man). Who He's not (an angel). The Rest He has purchased, the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant that takes away sins, unlike the blood of bulls and goats.
There are positive admonitions in Hebrews. Once we understand who Christ is and what He has done, we can "draw near . . . in full assurance of faith." (Heb. 10:22 NKJV) We can come confidently before the "throne of grace." (Heb. 4:16 NKJV)
The throne of grace. Grace sums up the whole of the gospel. We are accepted by Christ's merits, not our own. In fact, when God the Father looks upon us, He sees those merits--He sees His beloved Son.
We can't break that covenant standing. Our sins are washed by His blood, and if we should sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (I John 2:2). Our High Priest still stands to make intercession for us.
We can come boldly to the throne of grace in every time of need.
This throne of grace is a welcoming throne.