“we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 1b-2 (NASB)
As we read yesterday, we have a relationship with God based on objective peace. We were brought into this relationship of peace through our Lord Jesus Christ and by no self-effort or work. And now, “through whom [that is Christ] also we have obtained our introduction by faith.” Again, to be clear, our introduction, our access, to grace is by faith; and it’s through Christ alone. Everything is because of Him. This truth is rich, it has boundaries which are untouchable and unreachable. “Through whom” ⸺ Jesus Christ, ⸺ we have peace with God and through Him we stand in grace. It’s because of Him. Peace with God is a first link and standing in grace is a second link to our security in Christ. The key thought is that the intercession of Christ brings all this to us all. Through Christ “we have obtained our introduction,” or literally, obtained our access (see NKJV). The word “access,” here is translated in the NASB by the word ‘introduction,’ which in Greek means access, entrée. It is a word of epic importance. It’s a staggering word. Through Christ alone we have access by faith into God’s realm where grace overflows.