Access Through the Son
August 12, 2021
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
The following is excerpted from John Phillips’ commentary on Ephesians:
Through Him and Him alone, Jews and Gentiles alike have access by one Spirit to the Father.
When the Lord Jesus "through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God" (Hebrews 9:14), God reached down and rent the temple veil. He thus rendered Judaism obsolete and at the same time opened up the way for all believers - Jews and Gentiles alike - to enter His presence. All distance is gone.

One day a little boy named Willie stood wistfully at the gates of Buckingham Palace. He longed to go in and see the king. Between him and the king, however, were iron gates, rigid protocol, armed soldiers, and watchful police. What he wanted was quite out of the question.

A policeman who was ordering the lad to leave suddenly stiffened and sprang to attention as a well-dressed, confident man approached. A brusque nod from the man and the policeman unlocked the gates and stood aside. "Come with me, sonny," said the man, taking the little boy’s hand. "We’re going in to see the king."

Into the palace they went. Inside were forty housemaids, fifty footmen (including one man who did nothing but wind clocks all day), and six hundred rooms. Willie and the man walked on and on - to the north wing, up stairs, along endless passages, to the king’s corridor on the main floor, and into the master suite. (They were a quarter of a mile away from the kitchens!)

The man seemed to know the way and chatted about the rooms they passed: the magnificent ballroom that contained two majestic thrones on a raised dais; the stamp rooms that housed the world’s most valuable collection; the Belgian suite with its forty-four rooms for the use of state visitors; the royal wardrobe; the music room; the dining room with a table as large as a skating rink; the dazzling green drawing room.

Finally they arrived in the king’s presence, and the man spoke.

"Hello, Father. Here’s a little boy who wants to meet you. Meet my friend Willie. Willie, this is the king." The little boy had taken the hand of Edward, prince of Wales, the king’s son. Through him, Willie gained access to the king.

We too have taken the hand - the nail-printed hand - of the King’s Son, the Prince of Peace. Through Him and Him alone, Jews and Gentiles alike have access by one Spirit to the Father.

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