Access to the Father

In the beginning, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.  There they enjoyed every tree that was pleasant to the sight and good for food.  They also enjoyed close fellowship with God.  But Adam and Eve sinned and partook of the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  As a result, God banished them from the garden and they no longer had the close fellowship with God.  There was now a distance between God and man because of sin.  God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness with a Holy Place separated by a veil from the Most Holy Place.  God’s presence was said to be in the Most Holy Place.  Hebrews 9:6-8 “Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.  But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.” The priests ministered to God in the tabernacle for the people and the High Priest was the one who approached God. But this all changed when Christ died upon the cross.  The veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn in two when Jesus died on the cross.  Matthew 27:50-51 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”  I understand that one meaning of the veil being torn is that God was showing that access to Him though Jesus Christ is now available to all believers and we no longer need human priests to minister for us. Jesus is now our High Priest.  Hebrews 10:19-23 “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”  Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we can now draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith.

Have you ever contemplated with wonder that we now have access to the creator of the universe?  We can go right to the top and we have direct access!  Ephesians 2:17-18 “And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”  Through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit we can come right to God the Father in prayer and make our requests and wishes known. 

Not only do we have access, but we can be bold and confident in coming to God.  Ephesians 3:10-12  “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”  Let me emphasize this last statement:  “we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” Also, in Hebrews 4:15-16  “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Jesus is the son of God, but He was a man with human characteristics who was tempted like we are tempted and who suffered problems on earth just like we experience problems.  Since He has gone through life like we have, He can sympathize with us.  He is now our advocate, pleading our case before the father; therefore, we can boldly come before the Father with our requests and expect to find mercy and grace to help in time of need. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Not only bold, but confident.  1 John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”  We can be confident because we know that God truly cares for us.  1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” We must humble ourselves before our God.  But when we do, we can cast our cares upon Him because He truly cares for us.

This access to the Father is not for everyone.  The man who was born blind that Jesus healed was questioned by the leading Jews.  Here is his statement: John 9:31 “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”  God hears those who do His will and worship Him.  We also have Solomon’s conclusion in Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Those who are far from God, He does not hear them.  Let us give praise to God and thanks that we can boldly come before Him and can be confident that He cares for us and hears our prayers!

What a wonderful privilege we have in our access to the Father.  Praise God for this wonderful grace.  I encourage you to live so that nothing will impede that access to God. 1 Peter 3:10-12 “For ‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’”

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