[Originally posted by Helen and Roger Lewis on 11 December 2015]
Ephesians 2:18 (New International Version)
18 Through [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
One, two, three: access have we.
One Spirit. The Spirit does not divide but unite. There is an essential unity in Christianity: one Spirit, one Lord, one God, one faith, one baptism, one body, one hope.
We both. The two parties directly referred to in this letter were Israel and others. Christ made the two groups one. He made one new humanity out of the two. Both now have access to the Father, through the Spirit. There are no divisions in the renewed humanity. Jew and Gentile, men and women, bound and free, together are reconciled to God in Christ.
Three in one. These few words depict the relationship of three persons in one God. In theological terms, the Trinity. The movement is by the Spirit, through Christ, to the Father.
But the striking heart of the passage is ‘we have access’. Each one of us, individually, but together as the redeemed people of God, can approach the unapproachable, can commune with the almighty and holy God, now that the Son has opened up the way, and the Spirit is with us as our guide.