Romans 5: 1-2 (NIVUK)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
When the apostle Paul hinges two passages with the word therefore, we always know he is about to produce a blockbuster. In the chapter before, he has dug deep into the remembered story of Abraham and God’s promise to him that he would be father of many nations, against all odds. Paul has examined the ins and outs of this story, handling it as evidence with his legal mind, to arrive at this conclusion, this astonishingly good news — that we have peace with God. The death and the rising of Christ speak it. Faith is the means to hear it. Like a rainbow overarching the kingdom of God, peace colours the landscape where God draws near. In Jesus who is our peace, we find acceptance. Just as the sunlight makes the arc of the rainbow through the rain, God himself, in the sunburst of his glory, makes peace for us and brings us hope.
Such gifts —
Peace, grace, glory, hope,
The given virtues of your kingdom.
We are honoured
To dwell in them.