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Access by faith

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

While growing up, I remember being in church most every time the doors were opened.  My parents were faithful in making sure we were involved and that I was in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Revival Meetings and children’s meetings.  I remember hearing a lot about God and how important it was to love Him and serve Him and the church.

What I don’t remember is hearing about His grace and His great redemption plan.  It may have been taught, but I didn’t get it.  I think I assumed that God would save me if I worked hard for Him and tried to be obedient to His commands while being sorry for my sins.  I didn’t feel much peace.  It’s not a comfortable way to live.

Perhaps some of the folks at Rome had some confusion about such things as well.  In his letter to them, Paul clarified that we have access to God by faith, not by obedience to His commands.  In chapter five, Paul says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  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.”

Paul assured them, and us, that we are declared righteous (justified) by faith alone and that gives us peace with God.  It comes through the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us while we were still sinners.  Without Him, there can never be peace between us and God because of the sin which stands in the way and must be removed.  Only the blood of Christ can wash away that sin.  But trusting in Christ and His perfect sacrifice through faith gives us access into the grace in which we stand.  Our sins, which were the barrier, were removed and we have access to God.  Access to God produces peace.  It’s a much more comfortable way to live.

No doubt the Romans were overjoyed to read the words of Paul.  We are overjoyed as well as we are assured that the redemptive plan of God has not changed since Paul wrote those words.  What a comfort to know that we stand in grace having obtained access by faith!  Might we today, like the Romans, rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Dale

 

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Donna Dean

Amen!

David Vargha

And let’s not forget that we aren’t just forgiven, but because Jesus did fulfill the law perfectly and lived the life of a human on earth in full obedience to God, we have His righteousness through His works imputed (ascribed/credited) to us; a righteousness we could never obtain or achieve on our own.

As 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Because of Jesus, we have the right to enter into the very presence of God himself.

Mary Leadbetter

Amen!

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