Those who have entered into salvation through faith in Jesus “now stand” in a position of grace
before God, and in anticipation of the future, “boast in the hope of the glory of God.”
But, Paul says more. Not only do we stand in a grace that assures us of the glory of the future,
we also are experiencing this glory right now today in our present sufferings in life. The grace we stand in prevents us from being destroyed in the future judgment of sin, but this same grace
prevents us from being crushed in today’s world which is suffering from sin.
The word “access” in Paul’s statement below, is prosagoge:
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access (prosagoge) by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
The word prosagoge refers to an individual being escorted into the presence of royalty who were normally off limits and unavailable. Roman believers would have understood this in light of Caesars’ royal court, which was inaccessible without the proper protocol.
Because of Jesus Christ we have “gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
The royal court to which we have been given the privileged to stand is the royal court of grace!
Through the protocol of faith we stand in the royal court of grace both now, in time, and then,
in the future.