If you have ever used a Global Positioning System (GPS), you know that you are usually given several options or routes for how you could get to your destination. This is not the case, however, when our destination is God. He has mapped out very clearly the ONE way we can have access to Him. The Bible says Jesus Christ is “the” way, not just “a” way, to the Father.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved….
Jesus Christ gave us access to our heavenly Father, making it available for us to have a true, vital, spiritual relationship with Him.
Let’s look more closely at the access we have as a result of Jesus Christ’s accomplishments. The word “access” is used three times in the New Testament (Romans 5:2, Ephesians 2:18 and 3:12). The Greek word translated “access” is prosagōgē. It means “a leading or bringing to the presence of anyone; freedom of access.” Used in Ephesians, it carries the meaning of “that friendly relation with God whereby we are acceptable to him and have assurance that he is favorably disposed toward us.” In the Companion Bible, E. W. Bullinger states that this word literally means “the introduction.”
For through him [Christ Jesus] we both have access [prosagōgē] by one Spirit unto the Father.
When we confessed Jesus as lord and believed that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9), we received God’s incorruptible seed, holy spirit (I Peter 1:23). We were introduced to our heavenly Father by way of Jesus Christ. Think about how we introduce someone to another person. In that sense, it would be like this: Jesus Christ says, “Heavenly Father, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Almighty God, may I present your son/daughter, (your name).” We now have access to our heavenly Father twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of our lives!
By whom [our Lord Jesus Christ] also we have access [prosagōgē] by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
We have access into God’s grace! This is what makes it possible to become a son of God and to experience God’s grace every day of our lives thereafter. We don’t deserve it, but God gives it anyway. Besides this God-given gift, what else do we have as a result of this access?
In whom [Christ Jesus our lord] we have boldness and access [prosagōgē] with confidence by the faith of him.
We never have to approach God with fear or trepidation. We can have that friendly relation with God whereby we are acceptable to Him and have assurance that He is favorably disposed toward us.
We can now enjoy a true, vital, spiritual relationship with Him. Once the door is opened which gives us access to our heavenly Father, we can walk right in and enjoy all the goodness God has made available.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
God wants to love us, bless us, and guide us; so He sent His way—the way, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ made it possible for us to become children of God, giving us access to a true, vital, spiritual relationship with our heavenly Father. As God’s children, let’s go to our Father with boldness and confidence, claiming His grace in our lives every day.