By Lance Cordle
My recent experience in working with the
administration and other workers at a local performing arts
center has caused me to think about the concepts of
restriction and access. 99% of the time that I visit that
building, I am an average person, either paying a price to
enter, or given very limited privileges as a visitor to
offices. However, as a representative of those who rented
the facilities, I was given broad access to many areas and
resources of the building. I found myself in rooms and
corridors that I normally would not have. I even discovered
an open door that I could enter that not too many people
knew about as they were entering the front doors.
My work with computers also leads me to
another perspective of access on which to meditate.
Sometimes when I am working online, I will attempt enter a
part of a website and a warning flashes to the screen:
“Access Denied!” For whatever reason, I do not have the
authority to enter that particular part of the website. I
must respect that and move on to other parts that I can
Both of these illustrations help me in
scriptural application. I read in Scripture of the blood of
Christ that was shed for me and can cleanse me from my sin
(Hebrews 9:23-28; 1 John 1:7). However, that blood is not
cleansing everyone today, even though it is for everyone.
Therefore, there must be access given to us so that we might
be cleansed by it. Paul was told to “Rise and be baptized
and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16).
Later, Paul wrote that we are “baptized into his death”
(Romans 6:3, 4), and he was speaking of the death of Jesus.
It is logical to see that the point of access into the blood
of Christ is the baptism of a person into Christ. That
blood, once accessed, provides the payment of the debt for
our sins (Romans 6:23) and the cleansing power for past and
future sins (1 John 1:7).
In addition to the initial access
mentioned above, the blood of Christ gives us access to the
throne room of God! How great a privilege it is for us to
know that we can approach God freely and at any time with a
request that we may have. The words of Hebrews 4:16
encourage us: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the
throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to
help in time of need.”
How about you? Can you confidently affirm
that you have entered Christ by way of being baptized into
Christ and his death, thereby gaining access to his blood?
Can you confidently bow your head in prayer and know that
God will hear you and help you?
- Lance Cordle preaches the Calvert City Church of Christ in
Calvert City, KY. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com