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Access

Believers have “access” to God the Father through the Holy Spirit because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

“Access” (prosagoge) comes from two words ago meaning, "to go," and the preposition pros meaning "toward, facing." It is a leading or bringing into the presence of another person, and denotes "access." The idea is to have freedom to enter through the assistance or favor of another.

The word is used in Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18; 3:12. The apostle Paul used the word to picture God's grace as a place of safety for the Christian. The believer has a permanent safe refuge in which we now live in the rich experience of God's saving grace (Rom. 5:2). "We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand."

We have obtained as a permanent possession our introduction by faith into the grace in which we stand and exult in glory.

The verb proago means "approach” or “a drawing near." The apostle Paul writes we both have our access in one Spirit through Christ to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). All three persons of the Trinity share in the work of the redemption. It is "through Him [Christ] . . . in one Spirit to the Father."

It is God's eternal purpose in Jesus Christ our Lord that "we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him" (Eph. 3:12).

The Holy Spirit leads or brings us into the presence of God. We have freedom to enter through the assistance or favor of another. The word was used to introduce a person into the presence of the king, the place where a ship docks or "landing stage" in a safe haven or harbor. The ship would have access into and rest in a safe haven. We have entered through the atoning death of Jesus Christ into the permanent unlimited favor of the haven of God's infinite grace.

The apostle Peter used the root verb prosago, meaning "approach, drawing near" when he wrote "in order that He might bring us to God." He said, "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit" (1 Peter 3:18).  

We now have an entree into the presence of a holy God on the basis of the saving work of Christ. Jesus declared that He alone is our access to God. Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep" (John 10:7). "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). The apostle Peter issued an invitation to all a the end of a sermons saying, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).  

Key Scriptures

1. Because of God's saving grace in Jesus Christ we are acceptable to Him and have assurance that He is favorably disposed toward us. The sole basis of our acceptance with God is the death of Jesus Christ for our sins.

2. Because Jesus came and died as our substitute and by means of that death for our sins and His resurrection He literally became the Door by which sinful people can come into the presence of God and abide with Him. It is the "new and living way" (Heb. 10:20), and it is "through Him we . . . have access . . . to the Father" (Eph. 2:18; 3:12).

3. If we are believers we have the right to enter God's presence in prayer, and worship with confidence that He will receive us and answer us.

Abiding Principles and Practical Applications

Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18; 3:12; John 14:6; Acts 4:12

For Further Study

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Message by Wil Pounds and all content on this page (c) 2005 by Wil Pounds. Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author's written consent. Scripture quotations from the New American Standard Bible (c) 1973, and 1995 Update by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. 

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