Access and Intimacy

26 Mar 2019, 12:04 // Al Atkinson

Hey guys,

This week I’d love to chat about access to God. Ephesians 2:18 say that “through [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” I don’t know what feelings the idea of access to God conjures up in you? I think we can quite easily get into the mindset that we’ve disqualified ourselves from getting access to God, maybe because we’re not perfect or we think that we’re ‘doing it wrong’. Certainly for me, this happens quite often in my prayer life. I start thinking that my prayers are ineffective or that I’m not able to hear God’s voice.

However, if we read John’s Gospel, we see a bit more of that access that Paul says that we have. In Chapter 13, Jesus is eating and talking with His disciples. He knew that someone was to betray Him, which He then told the disciples, leaving them to wonder who among them it was.

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, ‘Ask him which one he means.’

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked Him, ‘Lord, who is it?’”

That last verse is massive. The access we’ve been offered to God is not just that He would hear all our prayers, but that we can be so close, as if we were leaning on Him. Be comforted by the fact that through Christ we have access to the Father by the Spirit, not just so that He is a friend, but that we can lean on Him in such an intimate way. I’ll leave you with these verses from Hebrews 4.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”