… through (Jesus Christ) we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Verse 2 (NIV)
Having access to a special place looks different to different people. I might like access to a sporting event on the sidelines. My wife would most likely want access to an art gallery in France. Having access to a special place most often appeals to what we value or enjoy.
Romans 5 reminds us that we now have access not simply to some earthly adventures but to the very grace of God! This amazing access is more valuable than anything this world can offer.
Notice what Paul says about the timing of this access. This is not a promise that someday we will have admission to God’s grace and peace in the future; no, this is a reality for us now! “We now stand” in God’s grace, and “we have peace with God.” So, our lives should be vastly different than if we did not have this access.
How is this access displayed in our everyday lives? We have confidence “in the hope of the glory of God.” We know that the purpose for which God created us will ultimately be realized. We also know that transformation is taking place in our lives for a purpose, “suffering produces perseverance . . . character, [and] hope.” Beyond this, we have the assurance of God’s love, which he pours out into our hearts by his Holy Spirit. We are truly blessed to have this access to God!
Forgive us, Lord, when we lose sight of how much you have changed our lives. Thank you for the access we have to your grace, so amazingly given to us through Jesus. In his name, Amen.