Romans 5:2-“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
All blessings that we receive are because of God’s grace. Paul shows the blessings that come to people after they have invited God into their lives. They have trusted God and God has made them righteous because of their faith. Paul says ‘we’. So he includes in these blessings himself and everyone who has faith. We are righteous because of our faith in Lord Jesus Christ and not because of our works. So we are friends with God because of our Christ. We used to be God’s enemies, but he has made us into his friends. By Jesus, we receive God’s grace. For the word ‘receive’, Paul uses the word ‘prosagoge’, which means ‘introduction’; people use this word to introduce someone to a king. Jesus prepares the way for us to approach God the King. Then we can receive God’s grace.
And we remain in this grace. This means that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Human kings may sometimes be kind. But then they may stop their kindness to anyone who no longer pleases them. God’s love never changes.
Standing in grace means that:
– I don’t have to prove I am worthy of God’s love
– God is my friend
– The door of access is permanently open to Him
– I am free from the “score sheet” – the account is settled in Jesus
– I spend more time praising God and less time hating myself
We are joyful, because we will have a part in God’s glory. This promise gives us great hope. Christian hope is different from the world’s ‘hope’. God will do everything that He has promised to do. God created people to have a part in His glory. Sin has spoiled this. But we are sure that one day we shall see God in all His glory. Then God will change us, so that we can have a part in His glory.