Access to God
Yesterday I posted “Peace With God” which featured Romans 5: 1-2 which says:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. -ESV
I highlighted that the Gospel of Jesus brings peace with God. Along with peace the Gospel brings something just as amazing…access.
Access with God in history has always been limited. Only a handfull of OT people were allowed to have access to God. The Gospel completely changed that. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we, as believers, have access to a holy and transcendent God.
Paul, the Pharisee of Pharisees, understood fully what it meant to not have access to God. He knew the OT teaching about the holy of holies. He knew that only a high priest was allowed to enter that place and have access to God. Yet, Paul’s understanding of this is totally transformed by the Gospel. This is evidenced when he writes this in Romans 5, “we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand”.
R.C. Sproul writes:
The moment Jesus was slain, the instant the Just One died for the unjust, the veil in the temple was torn. The presence of God became accessible to us. For the Christian the “No Access” sign was removed from the gates of paradise. We may now walk freely on holy ground. We have access to His grace, but even more, we have access to Him. -R. C. Sproul. The Holiness of God (Kindle Locations 1569-1572). Kindle Edition.
The veil that separated humanity from God has been torn. The inaccessible God became accessible through Jesus’ death. Matthew 27: 50-51 says:
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. -ESV
The curtain that designated the holy of holies which was only limited to the high priest once a year was torn. That created access for the regular believer to enter in through faith in Jesus. Approaching the most holy God was once inconceivable. But Jesus changed that by creating access to God through his sacrifice. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Hebrews 4:14-16 which says:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -ESV
We have a high priest that has obtained access to God. We come before Him through faith in that great high priest. We come in confidence, fear, and respect to the transcendent and holy God.
Draw near to Him through the access obtained by the work of Jesus!