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"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Church of Christ
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:18). In our last article we discussed what is included when we have the access mentioned here by Paul. We have access to (1) the redeeming blood of Jesus; (2) the grace of God; (3) the watchful care of heaven; and (4) the peace of God to rule the heart. Let’s continue.
We also have access to “all spiritual blessings.” Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). James informs us that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). I like the way Paul expressed it: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1).
Also in Christ Jesus we find access to the cherished hope of eternity. “There is one hope of your calling” (Eph. 4:4). The Christian may express things hoped for (Heb. 11:1) in different ways, but the only hope that can be called the “one hope” must be the hope of eternal glory. The writer of the book of Hebrews spoke of this one hope and said that it is “as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Heb. 6:18). Listen again to Paul as he writes, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” It is this blessed hope of heaven that saves us causing us to “with patience wait for it” (Rom. 8:24-25).
Finally we will be granted access into the presence of God. To get to the Father, we must go through the Son, for He is “the way” and “no one cometh unto the Father except by Me” [Christ] (John 14:6). It is with anticipation of one day living in God’s presence that directs our life on earth. Listen as Paul explains why he was able to endure all the things he did and still not give up or quit. “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:16-18). He explains by informing us that, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7).
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him” (Eph. 3:12). It is time for self-examination (II Cor. 13:5). Do you have access to the redeeming blood of Jesus, the grace of God, the watchful care of heaven, the peace of God to rule your heart, all spiritual blessings, the cherished hope of heaven and finally, to the presence of the Father? You can answer, “Yes,” only if you are in Christ. And the only way to get in Him is through baptism (Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:3). Obey Him today and enjoy the access it gives you.
Paul M. Wilmoth