Ephesians 3:12 — Freedom and confidence

I wonder how often we take for granted what we have in Christ.

I look at this whole passage in Ephesians 3, and it talks about this mystery that even the Old Testament prophets and priests never really understood, at least, not fully.

What would the Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel have thought when they saw the church today.  When they saw people coming before God with boldness and confidence.  For that’s what Paul says we have now.  In verse 12, it says,

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  (12)

One has to think, did even these prophets have that absolute boldness and confidence to approach God as we do.  To call him “Abba, Father.  Daddy.”  Did they feel that freedom?

Somehow, I don’t think so.  There was probably always some fear as they came before him.  They were only too aware of their own failings and sin, even when they weren’t face to face with God.

The priests too knew they had to be very careful when entering the Holy Place and Most Holy Place in the tabernacle and temple.  To not do so, meant death.  How would they have felt, knowing that we now have open access to God without restrictions?

But because of Jesus, not only have we been cleansed from our sin, Jesus has put his robes of righteousness upon us.  Now through him, we can come before God with boldness and have free access to him.

And through us, the angels and demons themselves see something that must make them wonder and fear  (3:10).  A  people who are God’s own, clothed in a righteousness not their own, fully accepted, and confidently, joyfully coming into his presence.

How the Old Testament prophets and priests would have wondered at such a sight.

Do you?

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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