Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #21
Posted: October 28, 2004

IN CHRIST
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 Direct Access.  

DEFINING OF ACCESS

The 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 have 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

Does 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.   

DIRECT ACCESS 

“We can come boldly to the throne of grace and find help in time of need”.

(Hebrews 4) 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?

 

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