Our Confident Access

“in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” (Ephesians 3:12)

One Sunday a young boy in our church in Tulsa was talking our daughter Libby at church. He told her that he had wanted to tell me something, but he was afraid to. Libby promptly took him by the hand and brought him to where I was sitting at the front of the church, saying, “He’s just my dad!”

The confidence Libby had as she brought that young man to me has always reminded me of this verse. Having just spoken of Jesus in :11, Paul says “we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him” — that is, we can approach His throne boldly, because we have confident access through Jesus.

This does not take away from the fact that the God we serve IS an awesome God, who deserves reverent worship and ultimate respect. But understanding that, through Jesus Christ, we have an amazing and confident access to His throne at all times, because of our faith in Him.

Just like Libby could bring that young boy to me with great confidence, so those of us who know Jesus as our Savior can have great confidence as we approach God’s throne with our requests. Indeed, this truth should greatly embolden our prayers.  As Hebrews 4 says: “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God … let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”


About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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