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Standing Strong In Grace   


Romans 5:1 through 5 reads:


"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because Godís love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."


To benefit from this passage we must understand the Biblical meaning of the following words.  


Justification is the process whereby God declares us, in our very essence, to be righteously just.


Biblical faith is the process by which we trust our lives with Jesus by entering into a trusting relationship with Him.


Biblical grace is God's undeserved, divine ability given to us so we can accomplish His will in our lives. 


Biblical peace is an inner tranquility due to the fact that we have peace with God through the process of reconciliation.      


Biblical hope is the certain expectation of a future reality.    


Biblical love is the demonstration of sacrificing one's self for another.    


With the above passage in mind, we know that we have obtained access into God's grace wherein we stand.  The Greek verb tense concerning our obtaining and standing in grace (a perfect, active, indicative verb) means that without a doubt, our stance in grace is an accomplished reality that is actively producing God's will in our lives.  This gives us a prideful hope of a glorious future, but there is more to boast about.        


Paul also boasted in the afflictions he endured for being an apostle of Jesus, and there were many.  He not only had the privilege to share in Christ's sufferings (2 Corinthians 1:5), he realized that they were one means of producing a godly character in his life, helping him to be the productive Christian he was called to be.       


To benefit from Romans 5:1 through 5, we must understand what it means and that understanding must saturate our souls to the degree that it becomes the conviction by which we live.  We must know beyond a doubt that God has designated us to be righteously just. That knowledge prevents us from wallowing around in uncertainty that destroys the productivity of God's grace in our lives.  Yes, we have obtained access into God's grace, but more than that, we proudly stand strong in His grace.  We have the divine ability to accomplish God's will in our lives, and that, despite the character-building afflictions of life.  It's what being a productive Christian is all about.  So, as you hope for your glorious resurrected future, stand strong in God's grace in the present.    

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