Romans 5:2 ~ through

I'm through.

And that's fantastic.

Through faith I have been made right with God.

Through Jesus I have peace with God.

Through Jesus I have access to God's grace and now stand in it.

I learned all this through the first two verses of Romans 5.  Through the first 4 chapters of Romans I learned that all of this comes through nothing I've done.  So I can't boast about myself… but I can rejoice because Jesus broke through my pride, pushed through to my heart, and invites me through the gates to stand in God's presence.

This is such great news because somehow through all the mess of this world God is able to offer an opportunity to stand smack dab in the middle of grace.  Grace is a great offer… not available through money nor merit.  I can't earn grace… I can't buy grace… I can't deserve grace… I can't steal grace.  Grace is a gift given through Jesus, through faith in Jesus, through what Jesus has done for us. 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  [ROMANS 5:1-2 (NIV-UK with my italics added)]

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