Ephesians 2:18 is a remarkable verse when we really think about what it means! I have heard many quote this ‘access stuff’ often. I’ve heard it quoted in churches, conversations, small group gatherings, families and read it in books.
The living of this thinking is actually less often seen. It is an amazing concept and privilege. We should repeat it over and over and plaster it everywhere. This verse represents security, confidence, boldness, peace, freedom, power, satisfaction, soundness and ultimately the real kind of love! It eradicates blame, false judgment, shame, angst, conflict, dissonance, the stinky kind of pride, arrogance and any other type of controlling behavior that jumps up with the pressures of this world.
Spiritual authority comes from God and God chose to make access to his authority available to everyone who chooses to believe. Even though we get older and older and grow in wisdom, we may have sagacity but it has to be accurately applied with meekness to the source. The greatest sages I have ever known are the quietest, most patient and also are continually learning and listening themselves. I have seen bible believing, pure-hearted children say wise, timely, and breathtaking comments that encourage and amaze arising from inherent spontaneous meekness. The implications of Ephesians 2:18 and its context go far beyond our own limited thinking.
The more we recognize and see God working in others, the more we can learn ourselves. This builds respect and promotes relationships that thrive and flourish with spiritual impact. It keeps us out of the oh so! damaging and ignorant, busybody category that promulgates gossip and ill-feelings.
The greatest thing we can do for others is to help them see the ‘access stuff’. It is the apex of the grace administration in which we live. The great David lived in a time that only certain individuals had access. Out of his lineage came another man, a mediator who eventually through his function as The Messiah, ushered in the new age of access for anyone who believes. One man believing God had a larger widespread responsibility (which may be too much) than everyman believing God in his own easily defined sphere of influence. Yes, we ought to plaster this verse everywhere and maybe even re-nail it to the Wittenberg door as a reminder of the re-form-u-lation of the New Testament grace administration. Failure to see this keeps the grace administration in a box. Grace is free.