Romans 5:2 (NASB)
“…we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
Daily Reading: Romans 5:1-21
Being very well know, Psalm 23 paints the picture of the Shepherd taking his sheep to a the still waters. The picture given, is a picture of peace. God takes us to a place of peace where we can rest and take from the “Living Water” who restores our soul from the chaos and parched desert which surrounds us. Paul recounts the basis for this peace in Romans 5:1. Through Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and accepted by God. We are free from wrath and fear; you and I are pleasing to God. All this for the purpose found in today’s verse, that we may “exult in hope of the glory of God”. Another way to say this phrase is that we ‘have peace with God… and we exult (rejoice) in hope (certainty) of the glory (greatness) of God”. You can almost picture the sheep looking over to their shepherd as they sip water, thankful and rejoicing that He brought them to this place. They have absolute certainty in Him, His leading and His Word.
The second part of verse one and the second part of verse two are dependent upon one another grammatically. The idea that constant peace carries over in to continual exultation in hope. Yet, Paul placed in between these two phrases the ever so powerful words, “we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace by which we stand”. Not only is our justification glorious, but the method of justification is as well! All these give reason for us to glory in God. After all, our justification did not come by works or man’s religious ceremonies. Our justification came through Christ alone with man completely removed from the process save to exercise faith. Some translations have even suggest the words “by faith” are not present in the original texts, but added in to clarify that this is no work of any man. Our response to Christ’s work is simply, to not work, but instead believe with absolute certainty!
Meditate on the results of our justification. The person who is justified…
- Stands in God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19)
- Stands before God – saved (1 Peter 3:18)
- Stands in favor of God (Ephesians 3:12)
- Stands in the privileges of God (Ephesians 2:18)
- Stands in the promises of God (John 10:9)
These truths are the basis for every believer’s salvation. No person is greater than another. Each man, woman and child who has humbled themselves before God and accepted His free gift of salvation by faith alone stands in these promises.
Are we living, teaching, sharing and trusting God that these are true in our lives? Do you see yourself as accepted before God? Declare this tremendous truth out loud: “God is pleased with me because of Christ”!