Romans 5:1-2. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand
We continue in Paul’s list of six benefits of our justification. Today, we’ll explore the second one: Since we have been justified by faith…#2) we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
When I was in the seventh grade I attended a Christian school. We had to learn memory verses each week for our Bible class. My Bible teacher was Mrs. Wren. Very strict. Very scary. The principal of my school was my dad. Very strict. Very scary. But also my dad.
It was the first memory verse quiz of the year and I had learned my verse. But when I sat down to take the quiz I could not remember it. None of it. I was about to get an F. I asked Mrs. Wren if I could use the bathroom. In a classic teacher blunder she let me go. So I was outside of the room during the quiz. Where would I go? I went to my dad. I told him that I couldn’t remember the verse. And do you know what he did? He took out his Bible, looked it up, told me the first word, which was all I needed. I went back to class and passed the quiz.
I had access into my dad’s grace. Probably no other kid in that school would have ever done that, gone to their principal and asked for help on a quiz. But I did. Why? Because I stood in his grace. I was his son.
Grace is God’s unmerited favor for us. His one way love towards us. His unconditional mercy. His acceptance of us in spite of us. It is God’s grace that saves us and changes us (in that order).
Justification has resulted in this new eternal state of being. We are forever covered in grace. God’s grace was not a one time thing. We do not start with grace and then graduate to good works or law. We stand in grace. It is not a one time audience with the King. It is living in the palace.
Christ has brought us into this new standing. It is his standing. Christian, you stand in the same place that Christ does – in favor. In grace. You’re never out of it. It never changes. It never goes away. It is the air that surrounds you. You need it, and you have it.
This reality of standing in grace should produce the balanced response of both complete humility (I am nothing without grace) and complete confidence (by grace I have all that is Christ’s). It’s knowing you don’t actually measure up and yet you are fully received.
It’s living as undeserving of love and yet fully loved.
It’s living in constant need and yet free from constant resolutions and re-dedications.
It’s admitting unworthiness and yet accepting of the blessing of God.
It’s living with a tender heart that is more and more aware of sin and yet free from all condemnation.
It’s simply needing our daily bread and yet living in light of a glorious inheritance.
It’s “to live is Christ.”
Are you standing in grace? How aware are you of God’s grace in your life each day? How does our union with Christ bring us into the forever grace of God?