"through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2)
I recently celebrated my tenth wedding anniversary. To commemorate this momentous occasion my husband and I spent the weekend downtown Chicago. During the course of our time there, my husband surprised me with tickets to the Broadway Show, Mary Poppins at the famous Cadillac Palace. The tickets had been paid for long before we arrived at the theatre, but having the tickets with us is what granted us admission to see the show that night.
In the same way, our faith is like those tickets. Our faith is what grants us access to God. While it is true that the admission has been paid for by Jesus, we still need faith as the entrance pass to the Father. By firmly relying on Jesus as our savior, we are justified through faith and have peace with God. Our faith is the conduit for that justification to take place.
Our faith grants us access into the grace of God. Grace is unmerited, undeserved favor and kindness. God's grace is bestowed upon us based solely upon what Jesus did for us and it is based upon us accepting that payment for our sin and relying on him for salvation. The payment has been made and our faith is the ticket granting us access to the grace of God.
When we stand in this grace through faith, then we can be fully assured before Him. Because of this, we hope in the glory of God. Hope is an amazing thing and a necessary for Christians. Because of what God did for us, we can hope in the midst of trial and tribulations because we know that we have not been left as orphans. We have a promise from God that He will return for us very soon. Knowing this, we hope for that which is to come.
Chapter five of Romans, starts out reminding us several important things. First we have been justified by faith, because of it, we have peace with God. Our justification and the resulting peace only comes by believing in Jesus, when we totally rely on him, then we stand in grace before God, which is a place of favor and mercy. Knowing that this is our position before God, brings us hope in seeing his return very soon. This hope gives us strength to live a life worthy of him. Today, I praise God that he has done all of this based solely upon his love for us. Our future is bright because we are called children of God.