by Richard Mansel, managing editor
If we traveled to Washington at any point, it is highly unlikely that we would receive access to the President in the Oval Office. We would have no real expectations that we would do so, however.
Yet, if we are children and our parents live at home, we know that we can go in and talk to them most all of the time. Access is something we find axiomatic in the family.
God, our spiritual Father, wants us to have access to him at any time. Nevertheless, there are conditions that must be satisfied, before we can gain entrance.
Sin, when it enters our lives, separates us from God (Ezekiel 18:19-20; Isaiah 59:1-2). We have no way back to him on our own. Nothing within man can restore us to our prior state before sin stained our souls. We needed help if we were ever going to restore our access to God.
However, our wise God had a plan of restoration in the works before time began (Ephesians 1:4-5). “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, NKJV).
God sent Christ to be the “propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). Propitiation refers to reconciliation. Jesus’ death is how man can find their way back to God. Through the death of Christ, we are reconciled and gain access to God through Christ’s blood (Romans 5:10).
There is no other way to stand before God or to approach the Father. The door remains closed without Jesus.
Without Christ, we face the withering wrath of God (Romans 5:9). This wrath refers to the “lavish swelling of sap and vigor.”/1 We do not want to be found fighting against God (Acts 5:39).
God’s mercy and grace brought the answer in the form of the Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9). He was the justifier, so we could have peace with God (Romans 5:1). Without Christ’s blood, we could never return to the throne of God.
“By our faith in Him, which compels our obedience to Him, we are placed into Christ–our access (approach) into the realm of grace.”/2 Access means, “To lead to, to conduct, to bring.”/3 Christ brings us to God. By Christ’s blood, we have access to the Father. It is not because we are worthy to be there (Luke 17:10).
“Through Christ we are brought within the realm of grace–through Christ we draw near to God.”/4 Accordingly, we should do anything we are asked because of our complete devotion to God, who was so loving and gracious as to allow us salvation.
Our faith should swell as a result of what Christ has done. “Without faith it is impossible to please [God]” because we have no hope of access to God, without complete devotion and commitment to his Son (Hebrews 11:6).
The gospel story and the plan of salvation are very clear when seen in this light. We must come to Christ or we have no hope of salvation.
Being in Christ, we find unprecedented blessings (Ephesians 1). Please, be added to Christ today (Acts 2:38,47; Galatians 3:27).
1/ The source of the quote is unknown to me.
2/ Roy Deaver, Romans, (Austin: Biblical Notes, 1992), 151.