1 Consequently, now that we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have also obtained admission by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we delight in the expectation of God’s glory. 3 Not only this, but we also delight in the things that we suffer, knowing that the suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance, character, and character, more expectation. 5 And what we expect does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
admission into grace
In the previous chapter, Paul put forth Abraham as an example of a person who had resurrection faith. Now, he shows why that faith worked for him. Behind Abraham’s faith was an act of God, a miracle that Abraham only saw from a distance: the death and resurrection of Christ. Because of what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross, we can look beyond our sin and expect God’s glory in our future. Christ’s death and resurrection bought for us admission into God’s grace by faith.
If suffering in this present life does not taint the delight we have because of our admission into God’s grace. In fact, it makes us long for the renewal of all things all the more.
LORD, thank you for the price you paid for our admission into your grace, and our expectation of your coming glory.