In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
The difference that Jesus makes is the ability for me, a sinful, unholy person to approach the Creator, a perfect, HOLY God with freedom and confidence. Simply awesome.
The middle verses of Ephesians 3 describe what God has done in Jesus, and it’s more than just saving us from His wrath. God is proclaiming in Christ and through the Church His manifold wisdom to spiritual authorities in the Heavenly realms. I am so curious about that… and have no idea what it must be like. Somehow God is declaring His holiness and perfection to spiritual beings through this Gospel and through me.
The blood of Jesus gives entrance into God’s Presence, both right now and in Eternity. The only way a person who is not saved from God can approach Him now is over the issue of salvation. The Holy Spirit works in the sinner’s life, convicting and drawing him toward salvation. Once saved, the blood of Jesus provides the way to be in relationship with God.
After you leave this earthly body behind and go into Eternity, the blood of Jesus applied to your life is the only thing that will give you entrance into God’s Presence. His Presence is what makes it Heaven. If you have rejected Christ, you’ll be rejected. God’s wrath includes separation from Him forever.
To know God now and enjoy His Presence forever? That is the difference Jesus makes.
I worship You, my Great God and Savior. Proclaim the mystery of the Good News and what you are accomplishing in Christ through me today. You are awesome! I live for You.