How Does Justification Impact My Daily Life? (Part Two)
The above verses teach us how our Relationship with God has Been Dramatically Affected because of Justification. We were once at war with God and was considered the enemy of God. Romans 5:10: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” We were at war, but now we have peace with God. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Access to God in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament, inside the tabernacle (tent of meeting), and the temple, were the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place, (also called the Holy of Holies). This is where only the High Priest could go once a year to offer sacrifices for his sins, and also the sins of the people. When Jesus died on the cross, three of the Gospels state that the veil separating the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn in two.
This indicated that direct access to the presence of God was now available for all believers. The word access only appears three times in the New Testament. It simply means introduction or entrance. Each time it is written in the Bible it is referring to Jesus and what He accomplished for believers.
Justification impacts our Daily Lives by Providing Access to God.
- Romans 5:2: “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
- Ephesians 2:18: “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
- Ephesians 3:12: “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
The unsaved person does not have access to God, because he has no standing before God. However, those of us that have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, we were given admittance into the very throne room of God. We read in Hebrews 4:16 where a gracious invitation has been extended to ALL Believers. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” What a privilege and honor it is to have right of entry as one that has been saved and justified.
What Does Access To God Really Mean For the Believer?
Access means that we can bring any and all our requests to our Heavenly Father with whom nothing is too hard for Him to do. Matthew 19:26 teaches us of the Power of God. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Jeremiah 32:27 asks a question that you and I have asked when passing through difficult times. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” But the answer is given in Jeremiah 32:17, in which Jeremiah boldly proclaims, “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
This Access to God Is INTO Grace
Romans 5:2, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand…” What does this mean to the Christian? It means that our standing before God is one of the Glorious Grace of God and not as a result of keeping the law.
We must understand that grace means that GOD has provided for us; whereas the Law means that we are attempting to DO something in order to please God. It is a magnificent truth to know, that we are living by grace, rather than by the bondage of the law.
A good friend of mine reminds us, “If you doubt your salvation, it is probably because you think you had something to do with it. News Flash: You didn’t.”