2throughwhom 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.

  • Jesus introduced us by faith into grace - IN WHICH WE NOW STAND
    • Grace is not the beginning of the Christian walk - Grace is all of it - every day - every moment is grace flowing from God into us -  
    • Grace is:
      • not a “free pass” so we aren’t punished when we are bad
      • Grace is any and every gift that comes from God
        • Not only can we not be saved by our works but we cannot recieve ANY of God’s gifts through works
        • God is not impressed with our attempts at DOING righteousness on our own
        • We must BE righteous as we receive it from Him every moment by grace
        • His gifts transform our inward parts - they change our appetites and our desires
      • The only way we can defeat the power of sin is Grace
      • Justification made us “just as if we never sinned” - and God’s grace continues forward it is our victory
        • we receive God’s nature as a gift by grace through faith
      • Access into the FAVOR of God
        • We have done more than escape punishment - we have obtained FAVOR
        • WE STAND as the FAVORITE of God - he really likes us - he seeks to do us good - he is eager and excited about giving us good gifts
      • BY FAITH - this is the only way to access God’s grace - we have to believe He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him - you have to believe and not doubt that God likes you - and is actively seeking your joy
        • God is employing all of his omnipotent strength in the past present and future to lead you into enjoying Him to the fullest and more and more forever - His Glory - Your Joy
      • AND BEYOND - Exult in the hope of His glory - We are being glorified - Transformed into his image as carriers of the glory of God.  The Lord has called us to REFLECT His beauty forever as the redeemed ones and the BRIDE of Christ.

 3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings aboutperseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was givento us.

  • We exult in our tribulations - our troubles are NEVER about punishment
    • God punished our sin completely on Jesus cross and there is no punishment left for them
    • Now we are a people of the good news - even “bad news” is good news for us - because we have peace with God
    • He is now USING our pain and trial - even that which is a direct consequence of incorrect action by us - to lead us deeper into Himself - to teach us to receive grace and to trust Him