Accessing the Grace God Offers

Accessing the Grace God Offers

Either you stand for something or you fall for anything. You must take a stand! How do we do that?

Ephesians 6:10-14 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

1 Corinthians 15:1 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

1 Corinthians 16:13 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Galatians 5:1 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Philippians 1:27 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,

You take a stand by taking up God’s armaments, not yours. You stand “in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

Where do I take this stand and how?

Romans 5:1-2 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

“Access” is ability or permission to approach or enter (e.g., Come boldly to the throne of grace”). Access is the way or means of approach (e.g., “I am the Way”, “I am the Door… he who enters will be saved, go in and out and find pasture”; “No one comes to the Father except by Me”).

Chapters 1-4 of Romans led up to this statement of access to grace by faith: Ch. 1 showed men are under condemnation; Ch. 2 showed both Jew and Gentile; Ch. 3 showed there is no escape through personal merit but there is pardon by grace made known by the gospel of Christ; Ch. 4 showed that you receive this grace by believing, which is no new method but the same way David and Abraham were accepted by God.

David and Abraham were accepted by God as righteous, not by deeds, but by faith.  Let us follow this line of thought through Romans 4 and 5.

Romans 4:25 25 who {Jesus} was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

The verse speaks of two separate issues of cause and effect: our sin caused His death; His resurrection caused our righteousness.

Romans 5:3-11 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 5:18-21 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:17 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Neither David nor Abraham would have reigned in the natural. Neither can you.

The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit.

The natural man (Jn. 8) is a child of the devil (has his nature).

The natural man is at enmity with God and under wrath.

But the spiritual man reigns…has been made royalty. He receives the things of the Spirit, is now a child of God and has access by faith to unfathomable grace and, therefore, rejoices in God.

David and Abraham believed and it was accounted as righteousness. They received the free gift!  That’s how we pass from the natural man through the door to Grace

Romans 4:13-21 13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

The word “sure” above means guaranteed; God has promised and performs His promise!

Be fully convinced!

Receive the free gift of righteousness!

Receive the abundance of grace – Death no longer reigns.  Grace does!

Take a stand by faith and step into unlimited Grace!