The flow of the Spirit comes from the throne of grace. We come to the throne, setting the enlightened eyes of our hearts (Eph 1:15-23) on spiritual things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Col 3:1-4). The throne of grace is located in the heavenly Jerusalem. We are there. For the Holy Spirit is in us (1 Cor 5:19). And, God has seated us in Christ in heavenly places (Eph 2:6).
We get a picture of the throne of grace by God’s Word and the Spirit and enter the flow of the Spirit. The book of Hebrews gives us the picture.
But about the Son he says,
- “Your throne, O God,
- is forever and ever,
- and the scepter of your kingdom
- is a righteous scepter.” Hebrews 1:8 ISV Context: Heb 1
We can come boldly to the throne of grace, for Jesus is our High Priest.
When we come boldly to the throne of grace we enter the flow of the Spirit.
For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need. Hebrews 4:12-16
Now in the things which we are saying the chief point is this: We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is necessary that this high priest also have somewhat to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve that which is a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned of God when he is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern that was showed thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a ministry the more excellent, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises. Hebrews 8:1-5
Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter of the Bible, extolling the faith of select Hebrews and continuing with this exhortation:
Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3
That’s the way we flow in the Spirit.
The throne of grace is located in the heavenly Jerusalem. Here we get a glimpse.
…but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24
In the Book of Revelation, we are given more edifying glimpses of how it is now at the throne of grace.
Straightway I was in the Spirit: and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne; and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon. And round about the throne were four and twenty thrones: and upon the thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting, arrayed in white garments; and on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceed lightnings and voices and thunders. And there was seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the [sevenfold Spirit] of God; and before the throne, as it were a sea of glass like a crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, four living creatures full of eyes before and behind. Revelation 4:2-6
And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the [sevenfold Spirit] of God, sent forth into all the earth and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb. Revelation 5:6
And all the angels were standing round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God. Revelation 7:11
How it will be in the New Heaven and New Earth when Jesus returns.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:1-3
We get grace from the throne of grace to flow in the Spirit.
Those verses of Scripture bring us to awe in which we join the hosts of heaven, worshiping God in spirit and truth (Jn 4:23-24), seeing Jesus as our High Priest and King.
Messiah gives gifts of grace to all of us in His community of saints.
But unto each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Ephesians 4:7
One meaning of grace is God’s power working in us to will and to do His good pleasure (Php 2:13). We do that in the community, the body of Messiah (Eph 4:7-16), as each of us is working properly (Eph 4:16). Thus, we glow in the flow of the Spirit.
Since we have gifts/charisma that differ according to the grace/charis given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8 NASB Cf: 1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 12:9; 2 Tim 2:1
I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Christ reigns from the throne of grace, in His kingdom, by the Holy Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God’s will with respect to all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy and might thank the Father, who has enabled us to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves, through whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14 ISV Context: Col 1
For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:25
We set our eyes on God our Savior and Jesus Christ our Lord.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:20-24
May the grace of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you! 2 Corinthians 13:14
Scripture is from ASV unless otherwise noted.