Romans 5:1-2 “Access to God”

You have heard the wise saying, “You get what you pay for.”  It means that if it is inexpensive, it is probably cheap too!  And, if it is free, it definitely is not worth having.  The saying usually true.  But, God’s free gift of salvation is the exception to the rule.  It is received by faith.  It cost nothing!  Yet, it is the most valuable gift ever given or received.  Paul spends some time in Romans 5 proudly declaring all of the wonderful benefits of salvation.  Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God and access into His grace.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Your whole life was a battle with God, a struggle against His eternal truth.  Then, when you received His gift of salvation, the battle ended and you are now at peace with God.  Not only is the war over, but you now have access to God’s presence.  Contrast that to the Old Testament.  When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from God, and God expelled them from His garden.  When God came down on Mt. Sinai to give His law to Moses, He gave an important message to the people:  STAY BACK!  The people were forbidden from approaching the mountain because God was there.  When the tabernacle and the Temple were built, the Most Holy Place was shrouded by a veil.  No one was allowed to enter the presence of God except for the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.  Walls and veils separated the people from God.   The Old Testament is the story of separation from God.  When Christ died on the cross, the veil was torn from top to bottom.  We now have peace with God, and there is no more separation.  God is approachable.  All we have to do is come to Him, and he is always available.  Not bad for a free gift!