Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
January 31, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<192> Thesis: Because Jesus did, and does, what is necessary, we have access to sufficient grace. Introduction: We began a study of Romans 5 last week and considered Paul's declaration that we have peace with God on the foundation of our Lord's activities on our behalf. We have seen his argument that "by faith" means we depend upon Him to fulfill His promises, and "by grace" means He acts independently of the moral quality of our behavior as He fulfills His promises. "Grace" is a powerful concept in that it does not mean God is "passively overlooking our failures", but is "actively acting to fulfill His word without regard for the quality of our behavior". He may, or may not, use what we do as a part of His fulfillment, but, in any case, it is His powerful action that is the essence of "grace". By the same token, "faith" is a significant concept in that it signals the presence of a singular "gateway" into the condition of being a recipient of "grace". Those who are convinced that God's promises are valid see their validity while those who are not convinced, do not see. So, we have seen that grace has provided a powerful foundation for our justification -- the perfection of Christ as both Actor and Sacrifice -- and our justification has ushered us into a state of "peace" with God. This means that God has absolutely and finally set aside His animosity toward us because of our sins. This evening we are going to take a look at a second "possession". Paul said, in 5:1, that we "have" peace with God. In 5:2 he refers to our "having had" a thing called by our translators an "introduction into grace". This issue is where we are going to focus our attention for a little while.