Ephesians 2:17-18 - 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
There was a time in history when God’s people did not have direct access to God. The reason for this was that the people were sinful and could not be in the presence of God without God’s wrath burning against them (Ex. 33:5). Because God loved his people and was faithful to his covenant, God made a way for them to have some kind of access to him. God did this by establishing Moses as a mediator, meaning Moses interceded on behalf of the people to God and represented God to the people; however, there were problems because Moses was an imperfect mediator.
As time went on God established the priesthood. From that point on, the priests acted as a kind of mediator between God and his people. This meant that the priests had the right to go directly to God to intercede on behalf of the people and make sacrifices to atone for sin. The priests also had the responsibly to represent God to the people. Although, if you were not a priest, you didn’t have direct access to God; instead, you had to go through a priest to confess and receive forgiveness. As you can imagine, there were many problems because, like Moses, the priests were imperfect. How did God the Father address these problems?
In verse 18 Paul said, “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” This is profound. Paul is saying that through faith in Jesus we now have direct access to God the Father. Jesus is our perfect mediator who perfectly intercedes on our behalf to the Father and perfectly represents the Father to us. Even more, on the cross Jesus fully and completely atones for all our sins and gives us his righteousness. Therefore, through Jesus we can approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb. 4:16).
The good news is that Jesus makes it possible through his sinless life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection for us to have unlimited, direct access to the Father. No longer do we need to go through a priest to get to God. Now, through Jesus we can get to God anytime we want. This means by the power of the Holy Spirit we can pray directly to God, confess directly to God, and we fellowship directly with God. With unlimited, direct access we can be connected to God anytime, anywhere.
• How does having direct access to God through Jesus make a difference in your life?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising Jesus for giving you direct access to the Father.