Through Jesus Only, Our Access To God Is Not Denied

Access to God under all circumstances is guaranteed by Christ’s one sacrifice that covers all transgressions. 

– J.I. Packer.

Is there a particular ritual or code to access God? What is our basis for understanding if our approach to the Father is denied? You might think that no one will ever know. However, the Bible tells us differently.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Letter of Paul to the Romans 5:2. Please, read our recent devotional from the Letter to the Hebrews 2:14-15: Why The Ransom By Flesh And Blood Was Needed?

Access Denied

In the Old Testament, the Israelites had limited access to God, and often it is denied. Furthermore, the congregation needed the mediation of the high priests for them to offer sacrifices and pray to God. Additionally, Israel’s high priests cannot access the Holiest of Holy without the proper preparations and sanctifications. The Israelites are required to follow the ceremonial laws.

For instance, Nadab and Abihu put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord (Leviticus 10:1-2). Moreover, King Saul also was denied access to God. The event happened when he unauthorized offered sacrifices to God, in which he was not allowed by the commandment God gave them, even though he was the king (1 Samuel 13:10-14).

Access Not Denied

Moses, who was the meekest man in the Bible, was able to see God. But only His back for God said, you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live (Exodus 33:20). Additionally, God asked Moses to stand on the cleft of the rock to avoid death. 

However, the most perfect access we have to God is Jesus Christ. And through the Life, Death on the Cross and Resurrection of Christ, we are made partakers of His righteousness, granting us direct access to the Father. Moreover, Jesus has asked on our behalf the Holy Spirit who guides us every day and who dwells in us, creating a stronger relationship to the Father.

Therefore, let us not take for granted what Jesus Christ has done for us. As a result, we do not need rituals to approach the Father. In fact, all we have to do is repent from our sinsbelieve in Jesus Christ and live life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. How do you access God the Father?
  2. Do you have a personal relationship with Him?
  3. What do you think of your access to God? Accepted or Denied?
  4. Where do you place Jesus Christ in your life? Accept Jesus Now. 
  5. Is He your Only Mediator to the Father?

Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

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