TRUTH: Christ is our Access and Confidence to Approach the Father.

It is a long accepted belief that men could not just walk into the presence of kings without a dire consequence. We see one example of that in the book of Esther when she responds to the call the to speak to the king on behalf of her people. Esther said,  “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.” Undoubtedly, there was a consequence of approaching the king without his consent. TRUTH: Christ is our Access and Confidence to Approach the Father.

Similarly, God had expectations for how man, the High Priest, was to approach the Father. In Old Testament times, the High Priest was the only one who could approach God on behalf of the Jews and that only on one day of the year. Leviticus shares some insight into this point. ” The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the Lord. The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover. “This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.’” The High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the Day of Atonement to make an animal sacrifice for the sins of the Jewish nation. He had to do this year after year because the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away a person’s sins forever (Hebrews 10:2-4). But Jesus, who is our great High Priest, made it possible for our sins to be taken away forever when He died on the cross. Consequently, man’s sins can be forgiven when we believe in HimTRUTH: Christ is our Access and Confidence to Approach the Father

In part, this is what Paul shares in Ephesians 3.

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

The reality is the TRUTH: Christ is our Access and Confidence to Approach the Father. It is only through Jesus that we have access to God the Father. This is a point of emphasis that the scriptures repeat several times.

  • John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Romans 5:2 – through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
  • Ephesians 2:18 – For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  • Ephesians 3:12 –  In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:13 – For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
  • Ephesians 4:4 – There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Not only is Christ our access, He is our confidence in approaching God the Father.

  • 2 Corinthians 3:4 – Such confidence we have through Christ before God.
  • Hebrews 3:14 – We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
  • Hebrews 4:14-16 – 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
  • Hebrews 10:19-22 – 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
  • Hebrews 10:35 –  So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
  • 1 John 2:28 – And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
  • 1 John 3:21 – Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God
  • 1 John 4:17 – This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

Without Christ, none of us should expect that we can enter into the presence of God. We should not expect that God will respond to our prayers. “13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:13-15. That is is the TRUTH: Christ is our Access and Confidence to Approach the Father. 

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