When you have access to a person, like a celeb, you could ask for things from them or even lay claim to some of their items…depending on the level of access. With God, we have been given free access, through Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:18; Eph. 3:12). We don’t need a special pass nor do we get blocked by some security guards before we can access Him. It’s an access so free that we can declare that all things are ours even as we are for Christ. (1 Cor 3:21)
Last week, I mentioned that we have free access to God since He is our Father. Our adoption into the family of Christ is what gives us this access (Rom. 8:15). Nevertheless, there is a “who” that provides us with this access. Jesus Christ is who gives us access to the Father (Eph. 2:18; John 14:6). When Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised to life by the Holy Spirit, He reconciled us to God and initiated our adoption by the Spirit. It was through this reconciliation and adoption that we received access to God.
Access to God means you can pray for yourself. You can ask for forgiveness for your sins, by yourself. You can heal the sick, through the Holy Ghost with faith. Jesus made it clear that these signs follow those who believe (Mark 16:17). Faith is the only criterion. Proof of this is seen in the scriptures. In Matthew 27:51 when Jesus died on the cross, the veil separating the holies of holies was torn from top to bottom. Nothing was separating us from God’s love again. Not our sin –since it had been atoned for –and not position or office in the church. God is your Father as much as He is your pastor’s Father. Next time you feel pain in your body, before picking up your phone to call your pastor for prayers, lay hands on yourself and pray. You have that access to God as well. (Hebrews 10:19-22)
“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God”.Romans 5:2
Access to God is access to all that He has. And this includes the authority and power He has. Power to bind, power to lose, power to alter natural phenomena including death (i.e raising the dead). He has given all of this to us. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ that unified us with Him as one body and spirit has also given us the same access to the power that He has. Jesus displayed this with the miracle of walking on water. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on water, Peter asked to do the same. Jesus could have cautioned him and told him not to ask for such a thing but He didn’t. Instead, He called him forth to walk on water, just as He was doing. (Matt. 14:22-33)
It’s no surprise why believers can heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead, just as Jesus did while on earth. In Christ Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us and through us, we have access to the authority of God over principalities and powers. It’s the same access Jesus has with God that we have with Him as well. We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ and we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:17; Eph. 2:6)
Hebrews 4:16 tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy to help in time of need. Access to God allows us to obtain mercy. This means that whenever you find yourself in a situation that’s unpleasant, even if it was self-inflicted (but don’t take this for granted), you can boldly ask God for mercy regardless. Once again, the story of the prodigal son reflects this. Jesus was painting a picture that He wanted us to understand. A young man collected all his inheritance from his dad and squandered it. That’s an unpleasant situation that was self-inflicted but he still found the courage to go back home in the expectation that he would receive mercy and fortunately for Him, he received mercy. His dad not only took him back in but also restored him to his position as an heir. It’s the same with God as well. (Luke 15:11-32)
However, it’s not enough to know that you have access to God. You must also act on it…that is if you’re interested in the benefits of this access. Many believers suffer from two deficiencies: knowledge deficiency and action deficiency. Often, we suffer because we lack vital knowledge, and other times, we suffer because we fail to act on what we already know. Now that you know you have undisturbed, free, and even easy access to God, act on it. Run to Him with every little matter, even as little as what to wear…don’t worry, He is not disturbed by it.
As you may have noticed through this post, access to God is only gained through Jesus Christ. He says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. We gain access to God and all that is in Him, only when we have come to Jesus.
Don’t hinder yourself from an opportunity to this incredible access to the One who created the heavens and the earth. Make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior. Say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I thank you for your sacrifice of love toward me. Today, I acknowledge you as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you, God, for this great privilege, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.“