Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ephesians 3:11-12 comments: by Christ alone

11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Here is Christ’s full name and title, the Lord Jesus Christ. Each name refers to a different character of Christ, as our Lord, the fully man and fully God Jesus, and the Saviour, the Christ.

We have access to God only through Christ and by our faith given by Him to us. And as grace traverses all covenants and dispensations let’s travel to the transition between the Church Age and the Tribulation.

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

What is the eternal purpose that God purposed in the Lord Jesus Christ?

That all men might have a personal knowledge of their Creator, when God comes to live inside of each person who believes. We have that direct connection to God through our spirit and His Spirit which came to dwell within when we believed.

Romans 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

It is God’s desire that all men be saved and know Him.

1Timothy 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

It is God’s desire that those who already know Him come confidently and willingly before His throne. He wants to speak to your heart through His word, to hear you speak to Him in prayer, to give you wisdom and guidance, blessings, and victory over sin and discouragement and to set you apart, to sanctify you, for His purpose through His words in a Book.

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

This access to God is through Christ alone.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Faith in Christ translates to boldness and forwardness toward God. We can come before God without hesitation because we trust that what Christ did justified us before God and we are approved by Him for that reason and that reason alone, that Christ died for our sins and rose again from the grave for our justification. It was Christ who paid the ransom to God for our souls and it was Christ who propitiated God’s anger towards sin by His own sacrifice of Himself. It is only by Christ that we can come before God with confidence and boldness.

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