For "through Him... by one Spirit"

Ephesians 2:18 reads, "For THROUGH HIM we both have access BY ONE SPIRIT unto the Father."

QUESTION: Who is "HIM" that we need to go through "BY ONE SPIRIT" to get to the Father? A few verses prior clearly tells us WHO it is.

Ephesians 2:13-17 "But now in CHRIST JESUS ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For HE is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in HIS flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that HE might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through HIM we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Answer: Antecedent of "Him" in Ephesians 2:18 is Christ Jesus.

And Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” John 14:6

It is THROUGH CHRIST; it is through Christ’s own Spirit NOT ANOTHER BEING…that we have access unto the Father.

Otherwise, John 14:6 should read, “No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME and ANOTHER BEING.”

“except through Me” seems to exclude anyone else...

If "BY ONE SPIRIT" in Eph 2:18 is to be understood to mean, "BY ANOTHER BEING CALLED, the "GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT",

Then you are contradicting John 14:6

The Bible say, But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and ONE LORD Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and WE BY HIM. 1Cor. 8:6.

The Bible also says, "Now the LORD IS THAT SPIRIT: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Thus "ONE LORD Jesus Christ" IS "THAT SPIRIT"

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”



What does the Spirit of Prophecy say:

"We have ONLY ONE CHANNEL OF APPROACH TO GOD. Our prayers can come to him THROUGH ONE NAME ONLY,—THAT OF THE LORD JESUS OUR ADVOCATE. HIS SPIRIT MUST INSPIRE OUR PETITIONS. No strange fire was to be used in the censers that were waved before God in the sanctuary. So the Lord himself must kindle in our hearts the burning desire, if our prayers are acceptable to him. The Holy Spirit within must make intercessions for us, with groanings that cannot be uttered." (Review & Herald, February 9, 1897, par. 10)

"Christ understands the needs of the world, and THROUGH HIM ALONE can the Father supply them. He is thirsting to give the needy souls the water of life freely. Christ is thirsting for the recognition of those for whom he left the courts of heaven, his honor, his glory, his royal throne, his high command. He is thirsting for the love, the cooperation that must be given him as their personal Saviour. He would have them come unto him, taking hold of his grace by faith, partaking of him, the Living Water. {ST April 22, 1897, par. 10}

Christ represented the Father to the world, and He represents before God the chosen ones in whom He has restored the moral image of God. They are His heritage. To them He says, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father." No man, "knoweth the Son but the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father, but the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." No priest, no religionist, can reveal the Father to any son or daughter of Adam. Men have only ONE ADVOCATE [παράκλητος paraklētos "COMFORTER"], ONE INTERCESSOR, who is able to pardon transgression. Shall not our hearts swell with gratitude to Him who gave Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins? Think deeply upon the love that the Father has manifested in our behalf, the love that He has expressed for us. we cannot measure this love; for measurement the is none. Can we measure infinity? We can only point to Calvary, to the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. {BEcho, May 1, 1899 par. 7}

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (παράκλητος paraklētos "COMFORTER") with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" 1Jn 2:1

"No middle-man comes between the sinner and Christ." (Signs of the Times, June 28, 1899)

"Paul says, “The Spirit also helps our infirmities; for we know <not> what things we should pray for as we ought.” “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” [Romans 8:26, 27.] {Ms15-1894.25}
If we come to God and pray for things that are not in accordance with the will of God, then what? Then He that searcheth the hearts and trieth the reins of the children of men, translates that prayer into the very things that we need to ask God to give us. I loathe myself. I would clothe myself in sackcloth and ashes and cry, “Unclean, unclean.” [Leviticus 13:45.] THE ONLY CLEANNESS THAT I CAN HAVE IS THAT WHICH IS IN JESUS CHRIST. HE TAKES MY PRAYER AND OFFERS IT TO GOD, and if I make a mistake, and ask for the things that are not best, my prayer is translated into the very things that I should have and want. {Ms15-1894.26}