by Ricky Smith
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
As believers we have the privilege of daily experiencing the work of the Triune God in our life. In Ephesians 2, Paul has offered explanation for God’s work to establish the church and extend His grace to both Jews and Gentiles. For them, and for us today, we are able to witness the Godhead, Three in One, work in us and for us.
In John 14:6 Jesus adamantly stated, that “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but by Him.”
Imagine the ancient cultures of royalty and the approval process required to speak to the King. We see Esther boldly working around this protocol. We see again in Acts 9:27-28, as Barnabas validated Paul when he was presented to the apostles. We know that we required a Mediator (Isaiah 59:2), and we are blessed to have one in Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus gives us access and we are validated through the covering of His blood.
It is then the Spirit that works in us to produce a disposition of the mind that receives what the Father speaks. The Spirit also works to produce unity among the body of believers as they together seek God’s face. Given the context of this passage overwhelmingly speaks to the church, the unity through the Spirit is an important point to note.
It is then that God speaks and we can boldly approach His throne of grace. It is not because of what we have done, but because the blood of Christ has granted us permission and the Spirit of God has prepared our heart to receive His words.
For the individual believer we have confidence that every time we pray, we are experiencing the work of the Triune God. As a community of believers, we must confidently seek the Lord and rely on the Spirit to develop unity in our hearts so that we hear the same message from the Lord.