When the doors to eternity swing open

The key to our eternity is gaining access to God’s grace, because it’s only by his grace that our eternity is guaranteed (Romans 4:16). How does one get access to God’s grace, then? How do we break the lock?

Religion says we break it by our obedience to a complicated set of rules, rituals, duties, works and deeds, which some people are very good at doing. That’s probably why they love religion. But all that hard work trying to break the lock on eternity could have been spared for simply believing “the promise comes by faith.” We make our peace with God, swinging the doors open to our eternity, by faith in his grace, Romans 5:1-2. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” 

We gain access to God’s grace by faith in his grace. It’s that easy. But God’s grace has always been easily accessible. We already had it, if only we knew. We had peace with God already “through our Lord Jesus Christ,” verse 1. Because of Jesus Christ we already had access to the promise God made to Abraham, that he and his offspring would become heirs of the world. There was no complicated set of rules we had to obey to gain access to that promise, because Jesus had already gained access for us. He broke the lock. 

All we need do is believe that and the doors to God’s grace and promises – and to our peace with him and our eternity – swing wide open. The grace was always there, ever since Jesus died from the foundation of the world, but faith becomes our individual key to it. We all, at one point, face the door to eternity, wondering how we unlock it. Religions and their salesmen usually jump in at that point, to offer their version of the key, but God already gave us the key. He gave it to Abraham. It’s faith, faith that God “gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” In other words, it’s by God’s power alone that we receive eternal life, not ours, and when we believe that we suddenly have the key, too.

“We now stand” in God’s grace, verse 2. We are at total peace with him. The door to our eternity has swung back on its hinges as far as it will go. Our eternity now beckons to us. It’s like stepping through the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia…    

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