Now and Later

1 … through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 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).

The word “obtained” means “to have and to hold” or “to be closely joined to a person or thing.”  Kind of reminds you of a wedding and wedding vows, doesn’t it?  And are we not Christ’s bride?  Yes, we are!  The word “introduction” is found only two other times (both in Ephesians) and is translated “access” or “approach,” giving the idea of “bringing to” or “moving to” the Father.

But here it means an access or an approach or a moving toward the “grace” of God.  Jesus Christ is our access or the means of moving toward the grace of God.  This is the same idea the writer had in Hebrews 4:16: “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  We “stand” because we are “confident” and our confidence is in our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith.

In the end, only the righteous will stand before God (Psalm 1).  After every knee has bowed (Philippians 2), only those knees of the righteous Bride of Christ will then straighten up and cause them to stand before the holy God who has saved them through His Son who died for them.

Lord, thank You for this great hope in which we exult!  To actually be able to stand boldly before You one day, clothed in Your righteousness as the Bride of Christ forever!  Help us to live This Day, standing firm now with that great hope of standing before You later.  Amen.