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Romans 5:2: Through Him We Have Also Obtained Access By Faith


Romans 5:2
[2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (ESV)

We were at war with God before he saved us. It isn't just that we were not a part of his army, we were actively fighting against him. This rebellion that we were a part of is now no longer a part of our lives. We have traded our weapons in for new ones. You could take a look at Ephesians 6 for a full list of the new spiritual armor that we wear.

It would have been a wonderful thing if all that God did was to free us from our slavery to sin and then just left us alone. We would not have even deserved that level of goodness. God is far more gracious than that. Through him we obtain more than just a truce. We obtain access to the very throne room of God. Not only that, we rejoice in the coming reality of sharing in his glory.

The Old Testament Jew who would have read the Apostle Paul's words would have been blown away by them. Access to God himself was something that only a very select few had. The high priest would go into the "holy of holies" once a year to atone for the sins of the people. All of the rest of God's people had no such access.

We all through faith in Christ Jesus have access to God the Father. We also share in the coming glory of God. This hope has a connotation of absolute certainty that just waits to be realized. God is under no obligation to share his glory with any. Yet he chooses to share his glory with us. We have been saved from sin and brought into a relationship with God to share his glory. Amen.

Take a few moments to ponder the wonder of your access to God. It is only through your faith in Jesus Christ that you can come boldly to the throne and have a relationship with God. He longs to share his glory with you. What a wonderful gift!

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