As I understand It – 1 John 1:7 (NIV)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Christian Commentaries – Access, Favor and the Gift

April 1, 1997

2 Chronicles 15:2KJV “. . . The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.”

Foreign nationals have made significant financial contributions; reputed crime figures and/or their associates have been entertained at the White House; the Lincoln Bedroom has been used to solicit financial contributions from wealthy supporters. The furor over campaign contributions made to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) looms large.

It is not surprising that people of means would want access to other powerful people or the opportunity to influence policy. If the price of access is the making of large financial contributions, so be it! And what does it matter that those making contributions are not all citizens and not entitled to vote? Many legal aliens live in this country. Making financial contributions to the candidate and party of their choice is one avenue of impacting public policy. Men and women have always sought the favor of those who rule. Receiving financial gifts is not peculiar to any political party.

And it is just as well. Despite whatever rules might be made, there will always be those who recognize the benefit of currying favor of the rulers. For the gift brings remembrance of the giver as a friend and endears the friend for favor on a playing field that is otherwise level. At least that is the theory.

It is different with us. We have been granted the rare opportunity to come before the ruler at anytime. We are encouraged to come, before the matter at hand becomes unbearable or we are tempted to do wrong. We need schedule no appointment, and no funds have power to introduce us.

The introduction was made long ago at the Cross. It is as though the tickets are being held at the box office and we need only go there and identify ourselves. The price of admission, is God’s gift to us. And this access? It is altogether better than anything we could purchase: it is access to the Absolute Ruler of everything!

1 Peter 1:18-19(NLT2) 18 8 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Romans 10:7-9 (NIV) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.