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What We Have In Christ – Part 3

Access To God

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)

I admit that I take for granted the indescribable privilege of being able to come into the presence of God. To pray and be heard, to speak to God whenever and wherever I want, to enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Glory in my very own home, at the grocery store, or while I’m stuck in traffic; what a profound gift the servant of Jesus Christ has been given!

“For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary… And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;…[And] into the second [tabernacle]went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people” (Hebrews 9:2-3, 7)

In the Old Testament, for a person to presume that they had the right to come into the direct presence of God anytime they wanted was unheard of. In fact, if anyone but the High Priest went beyond the second Veil of the Tabernacle (or after it was built, the Temple), he would be struck dead! And even the High Priest was only permitted to enter into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16) — one day per year.

“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” (Mark 15:38)

At the Crucifixion, the Veil dividing the Temple was torn in half. The curtain that separated people from the very presence of God was ripped apart. It was the hand of God which tore it because anyone who put their faith in Jesus Christ would now have unlimited access to God at anytime.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

The access mentioned in Romans 5:2 speaks of one who has an audience in the “Royal Court” of Heaven. We may come boldly before the King and enter into His court at anytime; we have an open invitation. We may come boldly before the Throne and speak with our Lord openly. What an inestimable privilege this really is; how unfortunate that most of us do not avail ourselves of it more often!

Finally, let us notice those two all-important words that open Romans 5:2 — By Whom. Lest anyone who has not come to faith in Christ presume that they, too, enjoy this access to God, we are reminded that it is only through Jesus Christ that we have such access. Those who reject Him do not have access to God, for there is only one prayer that God will hear from the lips of the man who has not believed on His Son, that is, the prayer of faith and surrender, the prayer that confesses the Lordship of Jesus Christ and faith in Him. The Veil separating God from man has been removed, yet there remains on the hearts of those who reject Him a veil that separates them from God (2 Corinthians 3:13-16).

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;¬†Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

We are permitted to enter into that deepest part of the Temple, that Most Holy place where the presence of God dwells, because our High Priest, Jesus Christ, has entered in before us and bids us to follow. We have open access to God whenever we want to come into His presence. This access is the second earthly benefit listed in Romans 5:1-11, for it is a benefit that we do not need to wait until the next life to enjoy. May we partake of this wonderful privilege often, let us enter into His glorious presence today!

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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5 responses

  1. Thank you so much, Loren!

    “What an inestimable privilege this really is; how unfortunate that most of us do not avail ourselves of it more often!”
    What a privilege! Esther risk ‘perishing’ to go before the King because she had something to … when we enter a courtroom we rise for the Judge rather than risk any trouble. We have the wonderful privilege of going to the throne of the Most High, yet we often seek out other avenues before checking in with Him. That doesn’t even add up!

    Could it be that we don’t know who we really are because of what He has done? Could it be that we haven’t yet grasped the magnitude of the sonship He has conferred upon us through the ultimate sacrifice?

    Thanks for the reminder that we can go directly to Him. I’ve often said how happy I am that the blood of Jesus satisfied all blood offerings. The mistakes I have made would certainly have added up to more than I could afford to pay!!

    Blessings much,
    ann

    P.S… I am really enjoying this series!!

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  2. Thank you, Loren, for teaching on what we have in Christ! May I not forget ever, the privilege of being able to go to Him. And even if I do forget, He is faithful to remind me.
    There are times when I “feel” His presence when I pray and other times when I don’t physically feel Him close to me or me close to Him. Yet I know that He is near and I am before Him, regardless of what I feel!
    Also . . .I really appreciate how much scripture you use in your posts! :)
    God bless you as you continue to teach us and lead us closer and closer to Jesus!

    p.s. thank you Ann full of grace, for the song . . .your grace prints!

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  3. Thanks, Deb, for the encouraging thoughts :)

    “I know that He is near and I am before Him, regardless of what I feel!”

    Amen to that! I read about what one Theoligian called “the dark night of the soul” where God intentionally withdraws the “feeling” of His presence so that we do not become over reliant on that feeling but, as you said, we will know that He is there whether we “feel” Him or not. Perhaps if we always felt His presence we would not be so apt to pursue after Him?

    Thanks again, Deb, God bless you. (P.S. – I am enjoying the trip through Judges, I missed almost all of Acts but plan to sit down and get all caught up soon!)

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  4. Amen, Ann, amen!

    Thanks for the beautiful song, how very appropriate (I have never heard this before) :)

    It’s funny you mention Esther, I actually thought of her while writing this post. She risked her life by coming into her husband’s court uninvited, wow! Yet we have been granted open access through Jesus…how cool is that?

    Thanks for sharing your uplifting thoughts, Ann, God bless you.

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