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Romans 5:2

    Romans 5:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Through whom, in the same way, we have been able by faith to come to this grace in which we now are; and let us have joy in hope of the glory of God.

    Webster's Revision

    through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    World English Bible

    through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and let us rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Definitions for Romans 5:2

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 5:2

    By whom also - We are not only indebted to our Lord Jesus Christ for the free and full pardon which we have received, but our continuance in a justified state depends upon his gracious influence in our hearts, and his intercession before the throne of God.

    We have access - προσαγωγην εσχηκαμεν, We have received this access. It was only through Christ that we could at first approach God; and it is only through him that the privilege is continued to us. And this access to God, or introduction to the Divine presence, is to be considered as a lasting privilege. We are not brought to God for the purpose of an interview, but to remain with him; to be his household; and, by faith, to behold his face, and walk in the light of his countenance.

    Into this grace - This state of favor and acceptance.

    Wherein we stand - Having firm footing, and a just title through the blood of the Lamb to the full salvation of God.

    And rejoice - Have solid happiness, from the evidence we have of our acceptance with Him.

    In hope of the glory of God - Having our sins remitted, and our souls adopted into the heavenly family, we are become heirs; for if children, then heirs, Galatians 4:7; and that glory of God is now become our endless inheritance. While the Jews boast of their external privileges - that they have the temple of God among them; that their priests have an entrance to God as their representatives, carrying before the mercy-seat the blood of their offered victims; we exult in being introduced by Jesus Christ to the Divine presence; his blood having been shed and sprinkled for this purpose; and thus we have, spiritually and essentially, all that these Jewish rites, etc., signified. We are in the peace of God, and we are happy in the enjoyment of that peace, and have a blessed foretaste of eternal glory. Thus we have heaven upon earth, and the ineffable glories of God in prospect.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 5:2

    We have access - See the note at John 14:6, "I am the way," etc. Doddridge renders it, "by whom we have been introduced," etc. It means, "by whom we have the privilege of obtaining the favor of God which we enjoy when we are justified." The word rendered "access" occurs but in two other places in the New Testament, Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:12. By Jesus Christ the way is opened for us to obtain the favor of God.

    By faith - By means of faith, Romans 1:17.

    Into this grace - Into this favor of reconciliation with God.

    Wherein we stand - In which we now are in consequence of being justified.

    And rejoice - Religion is often represented as producing joy, Isaiah 12:3; Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 52:9; Isaiah 61:3, Isaiah 61:7; Isaiah 65:14, Isaiah 65:18; John 16:22, John 16:24; Acts 13:52; Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 1:8. The sources or steps of this joy are these:

    (1) We are justified, or regarded by God as righteous.

    (2) we are admitted into his favor, and abide there.

    (3) we have the prospect of still higher and richer blessings in the fulness of his glory when we are admitted to heaven.

    In hope - In the earnest desire and expectation of obtaining that glory. Hope is a complex emotion made up of a desire for an object; and an expectation of obtaining it. Where either of these is lacking, there is not hope. Where they are mingled in improper proportions, there is not peace. But where the desire of obtaining an object is attended with an expectation of obtaining it, in proportion to that desire, there exists that peaceful, happy state of mind which we denominate hope And the apostle here implies that the Christian has an earnest desire for that glory; and that he has a confident expectation of obtaining it. The result of that he immediately states to be, that we are by it sustained in our afflictions.

    The glory of God - The glory that God will bestow on us. The word "glory" usually means splendor, magnificence, honor; and the apostle here refers to that honor and dignity which will be conferred on the redeemed when they are raised up to the full honors of redemption; when they shall triumph in the completion of the work: and be freed from sin, and pain, and tears, and permitted to participate in the full splendors that shall encompass the throne of God in the heavens; see the note at Luke 2:9; compare Revelation 21:22-24; Revelation 22:5; Isaiah 60:19-20.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 5:2

    5:2 Into this grace - This state of favour.