“For through Him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 2:18, 3:12).

Here we have the Trinity with the lesson that the great work in which Christ and the Holy Spirit are united is to make the permanent and unceasing presence of God a reality. In the tabernacle, the Holy of Holies was separated by a thick veil form the Holy Place, in which the priest came daily to serve. Not even the High Priest was allowed to enter the holiest of all, except on one day of the year. Access through the veil was forbidden, punishable by death. When Christ died, the veil was torn in two. Christ Jesus not only entered into God’s presence by His blood, but He opened a new and living way through the rent veil of His flesh for every believer to enter. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to bring us into that holy presence and to enable us to live in it every day. As our Advocate, Christ secures our pardon and acceptance. But there is more.

Our High Priest lives and acts in the power of an endless, incorruptible life. He works in us by the power of His resurrection life. To have access to God through Christ means that as those “made alive with Christ…and seated with Him in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:5-7), we live in Him, are one with Him, abide in Him, and are kept by Him in fellowship with God. The access through Christ brings us as near to God as Christ is, in an intimate, divine fellowship that passes all understanding. The Spirit dwells in us to reveal Christ; without Him, no man can truthfully call Jesus Lord. When we yield to Him and trust Him, the Spirit takes control of our life and maintains our fellowship with the Father through the Son.

Adapted from Power in Prayer