For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
We have in this verse, the stupendous conclusion to the peace-making and conciliatory work of Christ. Access to the Father! There is nothing beyond this; there is nothing more amazing. It is our chief trouble that we fail to realize the magnitude of this statement.
For one, in this verse, we are brought face to face with the mystery of the Trinity. Through the Son, we have access by the Holy Spirit, to the Father. These three are engaged together, working in our salvation. Can you imagine that? The three Persons of the self-sustaining, eternally existing, Holy God have taken an interest in saving you – so that you might gain access to Him. The Son of God has so loved you that He has given Himself for you. The Holy Spirit so loves you that He comes into you to work out your salvation. The Father Eternal has had his eye upon you from before you were born, yes even from the beginning of time! Imagine if every Christian realized this privilege! Can there be anything beyond this?
Access to the Father can be said to be the final goal of salvation. This is ultimately why Christ’s blood put away the enmity – it is why we are forgiven. Jesus put it this way, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (Jn 17:3). Knowing God, or as our text puts it, Access to the Father is the chief purpose and objective of our salvation. Jews and Gentiles come together as one body into His presence; this is the climax of the portion of Ephesians we have been studying the past few weeks. Access means that a relationship has been restored. That which was forfeited by Adam because of sin – His walks with God in the cool of the day – is returned to man through Christ, by the Spirit. Though we had become unacceptable aliens and strangers, in Christ, the Father made a peace-initiative by removing the enmity, adopting us as His own children and permitting us free an open access to Him.
What Gospel there is here! Contrast this to the old manner in which man gained access to God. Read Hebrews chapter 9 & 10, paying special attention to chapter 9 verses 3, 7-8, 12, and 23-25. Meditate upon these verses. Then consider Hebrews 10:19-22: 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.
Are you enjoying your New Covenant privilege? Are you enjoying access to the Father? Are you resting upon it? Are you experiencing the peace that come comes from knowing the immediacy of this access? Do you know what it is to be in the holiest of all? Through Christ, by one Spirit, you can know the realized presence of God; something for which even angels long to see.
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