This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
(Ephesians 3:11-13 ESV)
Yesterday we read that God had a plan from the very moment Adam & Eve introduced sin to the human race to reconcile people back to Himself. That plan was carried out through Jesus. As a result, those who accept and believe in the death of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins become part of God’s eternal family [John 1:12, 3:3 et. al].
Sin separates a person from God. There is no way a person covered in sin can be in the presence of our holy God. They must have their sins forgiven first. Then they may enter His presence [Zechariah 3:3-5]. That is why God’s plan had to include the forgiveness of sins. Sin is the problem.
But we don’t have to wait until heaven to be in God’s presence. Once a person believes their sins – past, present, and future – are forgiven they can have a relationship with God. To that end, we have boldness and access to God.
The Greek word translated “boldness” is παρρηεσια (pronounced: par-rhay-see’-ah) and it actually means “freedom of speaking”. A child of God can tell Him exactly what is on our mind. We can express our joys, our hopes, our sorrows, or pains. We can even tell God if we are mad at Him (He already knows anyway).
A believer also has access with confidence. We can approach God now that our sins are forgiven [Micah 7:19 et. al]. And we can do so confidently.
Believers do not need to be timid around God. We are now part of His family. We are His child. He is our Father. A good, human father wants the best for his children and does what he can to provide it. So does God. Only God does it much better than any human father could, of course.
But, again, notice that this access is only available through our faith in [Jesus]. Jesus is the only way to God [John 14:6]. It is tragic that so many people reject this truth. They try to create a path to heaven of their own choosing. Or they join a religion that teaches something that makes them feel good about themselves. This only keeps them separated from God as it doesn’t address sin.
One way to truly tell if you are a child of God is to evaluate how you approach God. If you keep your distance, or use rituals or precomposed prayers you probably haven’t fully repented of your sin and accepted God’s offer of forgiveness.
When Jesus died on the cross He took on the penalty for all the sins of mankind. Every single one. We cannot pay that penalty ourselves so He paid it for us. Now all we have to do is believe and God will credit our sin-debt as “paid in full”. This will give us eventual access to heaven. In the meantime, it gives us the right to boldly approach Him anytime we want.
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