Our Whole New World
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 5:2a (Holman) Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith
into this grace. . .
Paul ranked peace with God (5:1) as the initial benefit of justification by faith. A new convert first senses all is well with God. Paul listed in verse 2 a second immediate result of justification by faith. In addition to experiencing peace with God, a new believer receives a whole new world named Grace. Dorothy found Oz, Alice entered Wonderland, the Pevensie children found Narnia, believers find Grace.
The word “access” referred to being ushered into the presence of a king. If we want an audience with any person of renown, our main obstacle is access. How can we capture the person’s attention in order to gain a face-to-face interview?
A similar concern over protocol occurs when approaching God, the sovereign King of the universe. People can’t enter His presence on their own terms. No sinner has automatic access to God. Sins must be forgiven; robes of righteousness have to be donned. In Heaven, we’ll wear robes, denoting righteousness was not inherent in us, but something we put on; our robes in Heaven will be white because Jesus’ is red.
Sinners access God’s presence only “through Him,” by faith in His Son Jesus.
A man once sought access to President Lincoln to intercede for his b