We Have Boldness and Access to God’s Presence 

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (Ephesians 3:12, KJV)

The death of Jesus marked a transformative shift in the relationship between God and His people. With His death, the veil within the Temple that separated the Ark of God was torn. Suddenly, all were granted access to the Holy of Holies—God’s presence. This accessibility is what Paul refers to in Ephesians when he says, “we have boldness and access with confidence.”

This newfound confidence sharply contrasts with the time of the Old Testament. During that period, the Ark was unavailable to everyone, symbolizing separation from God’s presence though God dwelt among the Israelites.  Only high priests had the privilege to approach it, even then, only once a year (Hebrews 9:7).

In the Old Testament, the venture into God’s presence was potentially deadly. Those carrying sin faced instant death, leading to a pervasive fear. Uzzah’s death and David’s hesitation in bringing the Ark closer due to this risk upon touching the Ark underscore this fear  (2 Samuel 6:6-9).

Therefore, Paul’s phrase, “we have boldness and access with confidence,” indicates a transformation in our relationship with God. Today, every one among His people, not just the high priests, can enter His presence anytime. We approach God boldly with trust in the cleansing power of Christ’s blood, knowing it has perfectly reconciled us with Him. Instead of facing judgment, our Father warmly welcomes us at His throne of grace.

Whether to obtain mercy and grace to help us in times of need or humbly worship Him, we are encouraged to approach the throne confidently (Hebrews 4:16).


Reflect on Ephesians 3:12. Contemplate how our current relationship with God stands in contrast to that of the Old Testament.

Apply the Word

Imagine this: How would your life change if you could approach your nation’s president to obtain anything you want? Compare this with open access to God, free from judgment or denial. Use this privilege and approach the throne boldly to receive mercy and find grace in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).


Offer gratitude to the Father for the privilege of unhindered access to His presence.

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