Posted: October 28, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
Our study of
Positional Truth has led us to a look at the results of being
justified before God. Last week we looked at the result of having ‘peace’
with God. (Romans 5:1) This week we turn to verse two where Paul
tells us we have ‘access’ to God. The verse says, “By
whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and
rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
I would like to study three truths about access. They are; The
Defining of Access, The Determining of Access, and
DEFINING OF ACCESS
word ‘access’ means to bring face to face. The word is also used of
the landing or approach of a ship into a harbor. The word is used of
one getting another an audience with a king.
Faith and grace are mentioned as the vehicles into our standing of
access. It is not our faith that gives us an audience face to face
with our King. Faith, which is a gift of God, takes us into grace.
Grace is the ship that lands us safely in the harbor of access to our
God. “If a dying Savior can bring us into grace, surely a living
Savior can keep us in grace.” (MacArthur) The text says, “...we
access...” The word ‘have’ is in the perfect tense, which indicates we
have permanent access. “It is utterly and absolutely impossible that
the sentence of the divine judge should ever be revoked or reversed,
sooner shall the lightning of omnipotence shiver the rock of ages than
those sheltering in Him again be brought under condemnation”. (Pink)
DETERMINING OF ACCESS
everyone have access to God? There has been an erroneous belief and
practice that anybody, anytime, anywhere may come to God for help. He
is like the Aladdin lamp. Just rub and out jumps the genie God to
help our needs.
Our access to Him is dependent on
the priority we give to Christ in our life. “Jesus sayeth unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but
by me”. (John 14:6) If He is not given the high and lofty position in
the life, you have no access to the Father. Another hindrance to access
is our relationship to sin. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord
will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18) We must have clean hands and a pure
heart if we expect access to Him. Sin and a lack of intimacy with
Christ will bar the door of access to the Father.
can come boldly to the throne of grace and find help in time of need”.
We have access to a treasure house. He told the Syrophenician woman in
Matthew 15:28, “...even as thou wilt...” He told her she could have it
her own way. O, how often we go into the treasure house of God lined
with jewels stacked high and come away but with a little coin. Let us
enlarge our containers. Let us ask for bigger things, impossible
things, and unbelievable things. Brethren, we have access to the
fullness of God because we have been declared just by Him. Whose fault
is it if we are empty?