Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)
We Have Access
Paul’s letter to the saints in Rome is a wonderful declaration of the justification of man by the blood of Jesus Christ. All have fallen short of the glory of God. Every man bears the common guilt of sin. The Jews were guilty of rebellion as well as the Gentiles. Salvation could only be found in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus in the measure of faith like Abraham. Paul writes about the joy of being united with Christ in the likeness of His death and the gift of God of no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. The book of Romans explodes on the pages of holy writ with the joy of being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. One of the blessings of salvation is the access gained by the Christian to the glory of God.
In a recent lesson on Romans 5, Dan Petty pointed out the importance of the word ‘access’ in this passage. The idea behind this word is the privilege of being able to be ushered into the presence of royalty. If someone wanted to have an audience with the Queen of England, they would not be able to walk in the front door without rigorous vetting. The likelihood would be slim for most people. To speak to the President of the United States would take a mountain of paperwork along with an incredible amount of time and energy; with the results unlikely there would be such a meeting. Imagine what it would take to enter Rome and have a conversation with Caesar. Paul’s use of the word ‘access’ in the context expresses the inexpressible joy of knowing that saints can enter the holy place of God and commune with Him. We can stand before the glory of God. What a wonderful thought.
The access of the Christian is the happiness God allows His children to come to Him. He is a compassionate Father who hears our prayers, knows our needs, cares for our worries and provides everything we need. He created the world by speaking His word. His power is so incredible. There is nothing that He cannot do. His will controls the universe. In all of this, He allows His children to come before Him and feel the comfort of His loving arms. No appointment is needed. The permission is granted by the blood of His Son. We are His children who have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine by which we believed. Anytime I need to talk to God, He is there. Anytime! Access. Is it okay to say “wow” before God?
In prayer, we open the gates of our larger self … God comes in to us and claims His own. (J. J. Weinstein, Gentle Rain, 1953)