Jesus has opened up a new and living way into God’s holy presence, but will we enjoy the access? Not by our own efforts. We need the Holy Spirit to take us into God’s presence personally. Through Jesus, the Spirit brings us to the Father witnessing with our spirit that we really are the children of God. Through this inner witness, we have the assurance to enter right into the Father’s presence crying abba Father.
Paul says, through Jesus by the Spirit we BOTH have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). He seems to be speaking about both Jew and Gentile as one community.
God has always been a communion of joyful love. And we are privileged to participate together in this fellowship as one community living in the Spirit.
Thomas Torrance says, “God has opened himself to us in such a way that we may know him in the inner relations of his divine Being and have communion with him in his divine Life as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” And again, “God has established an intimate two-way relation between himself and us and us and himself, making himself accessible to us and giving us entry into the inner fellowship of God’s life by allowing us to share in God’s own eternal Spirit.”
Let’s enjoy all that God has opened up to us as we enter his holy presence through Jesus as the new and living way in the Spirit.