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Summary: How to approach God

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ACCESS

Eph. 3:11,12

INTRO: A. Paul writing to Jewish & Gentile believers

1. Air of superiority by Jewish believers

2. Causing segregation, rift, split

B. Paul writing to reveal the Unity of the Saved

1. Purpose is to Unite, reconcile, bring harmony

2. Teach that they all are the Body of Christ

3. Having the Closest of Relationship

C. Revealing the Equality of All:

1. Says Gentiles can Come with (boldness) freedom of speech, (Access) the right to enter into God’s presence, And (Confidence) assurance of being heard.

D. Access being the key,

1. For by it we come into God’s presence were we can exercises the right to speak

2. Be assured He will hear. But this is only after we’re with Him

I. ACCESS (Permission, Admission)

**Lock Cars & House keep honest people honest.

Somebody can always find a way through locks

**P.Harvey Altoona Penn. TV. Anchorman Brandon Brooks demonstrated for his viewers how to protect their homes from burglars. He uses his own home to demonstrate. double locks on doors, windows that would not from outside, burglar alarms... Now it appears that thieves were watching the program. They learned were the double locks, alarm system were but also the TV, VCR, stereo and other furniture. So nights later while Brandon was on the air. Thieves broke into his house & cleaned him out. the window that wouldn’t open from out side, they smashed it.

A. Possibility of Entrance is there

1. Restricted Area to only those authorized, Allowed, given access "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life." Rev. 21:27

a. Can’t enter there, limited, Guarded

2. Possible, (open) **Computer password

B. Legal Restriction, Written in Law

1. Though No locks, No just anybody can come in

**Esther of Persia

C. Only Access, Legal, Free OK Permission

1. Jesus, "I am the way..."

2. All others are thieves, Jn 10:9,10

3. Illegal, Illegitimate, deceived, liar, Lost

II. ACCESS TO WHAT?

A. To God the Father ch. 2:18,19

1. Holy of Holies, His Presence

**President, King or Pope

a. Audience, prayer, Power, Influence, Commune

b. His Love, His Call, Leadership, Direct Will

c. Freedom Right Boldness to speak,

d. Assurance Confidence of being Heard

2. Salvation, Forgiveness, Redemption, Citizenship

3. Unity, Equality of Sainthood, Family

B. Spiritual Rest, Security & Provisions Jn. 10:9

1. Strength, Hope, Knowledge

III. HOW TO ENTER, GAIN ACCESS

A. Only One Way

**Navy Way

1. God’s Way, Not your way, my way, Baptist way

2. Jesus’ Way

a. Faith Rom. 5:1-2

b. Not Works

B. Must choose by Faith the Grace of God to Access God


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