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Access unto the Father

Tuesday the 16th of July

in Meditations II

There are many things that Jesus called Himself. Probably the best remembered are, "I am the good shepherd," and "I am the bread of life." Another one is "I am the way, the truth, and the life." One that we ought to consider at the moment is that He said, "I am the door" (John 10:9 ).

That explains the truth which we find in Ephesians 2:18 , namely, "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." That certainly explains and underscores the words of Jesus that He is the door. He is the door through which the Gentiles as well as the Jews come into God's house of many mansions for everlasting covenant fellowship with God.

The point here is that all kinds of men are going to be there. After Adam and Eve sinned, God drove them out of the garden of Eden, and thus away from where they had fellowship with God. And angels were placed with flaming swords to keep them from going back to this place. From that day onward all men deserve to be kept from sweet communion with God.

But God brought, first, Abraham and his seed, whom He had chosen, into covenant fellowship. And now there are people from every nation, tongue, and tribe who through Christ are given access to an everlasting life of covenant fellowship with God. Through Christ we as well as the Israelites are brought to live with God in heavenly bliss and glory.

Take note of the fact that we enter through Christ by means of the Spirit. Christ is the way, the door, through His cross. And He brings us to sweet communion with God through His Spirit, which also He poured out on people of different nations on Pentecost. Pentecost is then a wonderful day, is it not?

By His Spirit Christ makes us spiritually alive. He makes us spiritually like Himself. The question is not what nation, race, or people we came from physically. If we came forth spiritually by the Spirit of Christ, we will have access to life with God in heavenly bliss.

Read: John 14:1-17

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:
1 Chronicles 22 ; 1 Chronicles 23:1-32 
Romans 3:9-31 
Psalm 12:1-8 
Proverbs 19:13-14 
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Quote for Reflection:


"It will be your duty to insist, by all means, if you can obtain an audience, which I am persuaded you may, that the ceremonies which savor in the least of superstition should be abolished from the public service."  J. Calvin to M. Bucer


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