Access to God
The Lord said to his disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn.14:6).
The Way to the Father is the example of life Jesus Christ lived whilst in the flesh, and set us an example that we should follow his steps. This Way is the new and living way which he consecrated for us in his flesh. This Way is his body, the Church. In several passages in scriptures, the church is referred to as the Way.
For example; Saul before he became the apostle Paul, “Went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in
When Saul became converted and became known as the Apostle Paul, he confessed saying; “I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison” (Acts.22:4).
On one occasion, “Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God, but some of them became obstinate: they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.’ Also, “About that time, there arose a great disturbance about the Way (Acts 19:9, 23).
This Way is what all believers are called to witness about. The objective of this Way is to; “Open the eyes of men [Jews as well as Gentiles], and turned them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ” (Acts 26:18).
This Way identifies the church, the body of Christ, and distinguishes it from all others. This Way is called, “The fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him” (Eph.3:9-12).
This is the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory”(1Cor.2:7-8).
This is the hidden mystery of the ages which the Lord revealed to the apostle Paul, and he unveiled it to the church at
This proclamation is the responsibility of the church to demonstrate to the principalities and powers of the heavenly places, the manifold wisdom of God.
The apostle Paul wrote; “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread: we, who are many, are one body, for, we all partake of the one bread” (1Cor.10:16-17).
Therefore, following the example of the life of Jesus Christ, and partaking of his flesh (Unleavened Bread), is the new and living way to the Father
The Truth by which we come to the Father is by the word of God. Jesus said; “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Jesus Christ is the word of God who became flesh and dwelt amongst us, he is now our High Priest over the house of God, to intercede on our behalf. He is the sweet aroma which fulfills the will of God.
The Life by which we come to God is by the blood of Jesus Christ, which is represented by the wine. It is stated categorically that, “The life of every creature is in the blood, and God has given it to us to make atonement for our souls on the altar, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev.17:11). It is for this reason that on the night before Jesus Christ was led to be crucified, he instituted the new covenant of his blood by blessing the cup and gave thanks saying; “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt.26:28).
It is through this process that we can now draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water, holding fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Heb.10:19-25).
This is our door to the Father, whenever we want to present ourselves before him. For thus says the Lord; “These are the lord's appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to the Lord by fire (zeal) – the burnt offerings (Christ the Lamb of God) and grain offerings (Unleavened Bread Christ's body), sacrifices and drink offerings (Wine; Christ's blood) required for each day. These offerings are besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides our gifts, besides all our vows, and besides all our free will offerings which we give to the Lord” (Lev. 23:37-38).
This offering is so important to God, he instructed Moses saying; “Command the children of Israel and say to them, 'My offering, my food for my offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to me, you shall be careful to offer to me at their appointed time” (Num.28:2).
The appointed time to offer the Lord his offering according to the scriptures found in Numbers chapter 28 and chapter 29 is:-
I. Morning and Evening as a regular burnt offering (Exo.29:38-46)
II. On the Weekly Sabbath day
III. At the beginning of months which is on the New Moon
IV. At the Feast of the Passover/Unleavened Bread
V. At the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost
VI. At the Feast of Trumpets
VII. On the Day of Atonement
VIII. At the Feast of Tabernacles
IX. On the Eighth day of the Feast
These are the times the Lord has ordained for people to give to the Lord the glory due his name; to bring an offering, and come into his courts, and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. We need to cease worshiping God in vain, and stop setting aside the commandments of God to keep the commandments of men, and our own traditions.
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