Once Paul has established that we are all one in Christ, he moves into other aspects of the life of a follower of Christ. Much of it is very clear and all of it is amazing truth to hold onto.
Ephesians 3:12 says, "In Him and through faith in Him we approach God with freedom and confidence."
The "Him" Paul I speaking of here in Jesus Christ. In Christ, God accomplished His purpose in reconciling mankind to Himself - the way to God was opened up for us. We are left with a choice of whether we will take the steps to go that way or not.
We have to choose to believe in Christ and His work for us. That is where the relationship begins . . . grace. Once we put our faith in the grace shown to us, in the One Who poured His grace into our lives, we have direct access to God. We can approach God.
And the best part of it . . . we can approach God with freedom and confidence. We don't have to approach Him with fear, or with questions about whether we are able to this time. We don't have to wonder if He really wants us to approach Him.
We can approach God confidently and freely. He made a way for us to do so. He wants us to. When we approach God, we can walk right in, exactly the way we are.
The author of Hebrews says the same thing when he says these words in Hebrews 4:16,
"Let us then approach God's throne with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
God has made a way for us approach Him. And we can do so freely and confidently. Free to approach God any time. Confident that He will be happy to see us.
This post is the second in a series of posts on Ephesians 3. You can read the first post in this series here.