By Stan Brown
Ephesians 2:18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
What then, is the result of the peace that Christ preached to all and that is made completely available to all believers? Paul does not simply say that as individual believers we each have access to the Father (although that is obviously true), he also proclaims that as a collective body of believers we together have access to Him. After all Jesus said, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst ( Matt. 18:20)”. The author of Hebrews declared, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Heb. 10:25). There is power in the individual access of believers to the Father. There is great power in the corporate access of the body to God.
Both our individual and corporate access to the Father are our continuing possessions as a result of the peace that the Son has proclaimed. The word translated access is only used two other times in the New Testament. Both speak of our access to God. In Romans, Paul states we have access through faith. (through whom also we have obtained our introduction (access) by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God (Rom. 5:2).) We may also approach God with bold confidence as Paul decrees in Eph. 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Sometimes sin in our lives may cause some interference in the process but the access remains our continuing possession as we follow the instructions of John, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9).
The access we have is based on the working together of the three persons of the Trinity. Because of the work of the Son, we as individuals can approach the Father. Through the work of Christ uniting us in one body, we may together approach the Father. The access to the Father is through the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all involved in the grace through faith initialization of our salvation; in our continuing access to the Father; and in our being united together in one body.
In this brief section that speaks of the uniting of Jews and Gentiles into one body (indeed, every believer of whatever origin is united together into one body) Paul has spoken of this union in four different ways. (1) we are (all believers) made one (v.14). (2) that in Himself He might make the two into one new man (humanity) (v.15). (3) we are reconciled, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross (v.16). (4) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father (v,18). It is through the cross that the enmity is abolished. We have access to God and unity with one another resulting from the peace proclaimed by our Savior. These are stunning promises amidst the confusion of the world.