Sunday, November 5, 2017
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:18).
Through Him. That is through Christ for, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. The only way to get into Christ is baptism (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:26-27).
We both. Both Jew and Gentile (Eph. 2:11-18; Acts 10:34).
Have access unto the Father. Who is the “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6).
By one Spirit. Through the inspired word (Eph. 6:17; I Cor. 2:9-13).
When we have access unto God through Christ what else does this give us access to?
We have access to the redeeming blood of Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). John said of Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Peter also spoke of this important access, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pet. 1:18-19).
We also have access to the grace of God. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). Paul speaks of this access, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2). And this “grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).
Third, we have access to the watchful care of Heaven. “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous” (I Peter 3:12a). “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5-6). This watchful care includes hearing and answering our prayers (I Pet. 3:12b; I John 3:22; 5:14).
Through Christ we also find access to the peace of God to rule in our hearts. We live in such a troubled world. Peace is such a soothing word. Paul said, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15a). “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). Since we have this peace, we should “let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1), because we are able to be “casting all your care upon Him” (I Pet. 5:7). The secret to living a peaceful life and not worrying or being anxious about anything comes through this access: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). (To be continued.)Paul M. Wilmoth