Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Access to God
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
When we are justified by our faith in Jesus Christ, we receive forgiveness of sins and the righteousness of Christ himself. But what does justification produce in our lives? In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul said,
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1–2)
Now we have peace with God. We once were at war with God, separated from Him by our sins. But now that we are at peace with Him, God has given us full access through His Son, our Savior. Our Lord Jesus Christ acts as a high priest for us, bringing us before the throne of God, because He paid the penalty for our sins. We are no longer separated from God. We have access to Him, and one day we will be in heaven with Him.
Knowing that we are justified, knowing that we are at peace with God, knowing that we have free access into His presence and the hope of His glory — that is more than we could ever hope for.
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