from Lynda Lindsey
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance… Romans 5:1-3
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. Romans 5:15
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21
Grace, God’s abounding grace. We who have obtained access by faith into God’s grace are at peace with God and ourselves; this peace, more than just a lack of conflict, is an all encompassing wellness and wholeness that is ours even in the midst of suffering. We who boast in the hope of Christ rejoice that God is at work in us to will and to work His good pleasure, and that He is transforming us by His grace, making us new. Now in right relationship with God, no longer God’s enemy, we abound in His grace and rejoice in hope in all things, whatever our circumstances may be.
In good times or in difficult circumstances, in ease or in times of suffering, everything we experience is for our good and for God’s glory; trials produce Jesus’ character in us, strengthening our faith. Rejoicing that we are no longer under condemnation, that we have received reconciliation through our Lord Jesus Christ, we have no fear of God’s judgment or wrath. We rejoice that our identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection results in freedom from the tyranny of sin and death over us; we relish our freedom to walk as recreated ones in newness of life.
Accounted righteous before holy God, we abound in grace, rejoice in hope, and stand firm in Christ’s love and favor. We stand on God’s certain promises, that He who has begun a good work in us will bring it to completion. We stand firm, acknowledging Jesus’ work in this present age and the work He will yet do when He comes again. When we’ve done all else, we stand, reassured that Christ grants us access to His throne at any hour of the day or night and that an eternal dwelling place awaits our arrival. Abounding grace overflows into expectant, joyful hope! Hallelujah!