… through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
— ROMANS 5:2 —
Filiberto Angeles Dorantes: Word of Grace Biblical Seminary | Mexico
It is only by Jesus Christ’s work that we have unrestricted access, through faith, to God. We are like a great king’s sons and daughters, who alone may approach the king without fear. This is a happy result of our justification. No one could achieve this privilege on his own merits. This introduction into grace has been obtained only through faith in Christ. The access to this grace is not transitory or limited in duration. The believer’s ultimate destiny is to share in the glory of God. Rather, we remain permanently in this grace. We are saved through faith, but it is by grace that we stand firm in that position. Not only do we have the privilege of access now, but we also exult in the future expectation of God’s glory! Entering grace is only the beginning. The end is marvelous glory. The believer’s ultimate destiny is to share in the glory of God. Our future glorification, when we are given bodies suitable for eternal praise and heavenly fellowship, will consummate the work of grace in our lives. This is the hope in which we rejoice! We have peace with God because we have been justified in the past. We have entrance to His grace at any time we may need it in the present. And we have the expectancy of God’s glory in the future. These are truths that should stoke the fire of our souls on a daily basis. This is what we were made for. “For I am confident of this very thing,” says Paul to that first generation of believers, “that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).