Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 31, 2019

“for through Him (Christ) we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” – “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 16:23-27.

“In that day you will not question Me about anything.  Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.  Until now you have asked for nothing in My name;  ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language;  an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.  In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;  for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.”  John 16:23-27.

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“…  Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.”  Verse 23.

It is easy to read these verses and feel smug and worthy and “name it and claim it” as if we were in an all-you-can-eat buffet line.  We forget the history of the very limited access to God.  But, when we remember the history, it makes us all that more humble and grateful for what Christ did for us.

The veil in the Old Testament in the tabernacle separated the unholy worshipper (including even priests) from the holy God.  There was no approaching God, no direct access to God.  Even priests could not enter the “holy of holies” with the exception that once a year the high priest could enter with limited assigned duties.

“You shall hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil;  and the veil shall serve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies.”  Exodus 26:33.

“Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second (holy of holies), only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.”  Hebrews 9:6-7.

And, this very limited access to God was only available for Jews.  There was absolutely no hope for the Gentiles (non-Gentiles).

“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”  Ephesians 2:11-12.

But, that veil was torn in two from top-to-bottom by God based on the death of Christ and what His death signified.

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;  and the earth shook and the rocks were split.”  Matthew 27:50.

We now, Jews and Gentiles, God’s elect, have access to God through Christ, and we may approach the throne of God and ask for things from God in Jesus’ name.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.  AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;  for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.”  Ephesians 2:13-18.

“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.”  2 Corinthians 3:4.

“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;  and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:19-23.

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16.


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