Read: Romans 5:1-5
We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).
Dr. Clyde W. Meredith testifies to the desire of many an unsanctified Christian when he mites: “Not many months after my conversion, I, too, knelt at the altar again, deploring my weakness, my failures, my inner struggle. My defeats that had often driven me to the secret chamber for a fresh application of the Blood for the restoration of divine favor. I wanted an establishing grace” (Flames of Living Fire, Beacon Hill Press).
Is such grace from God available for me? In our text Paul testifies that it is. “We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” Sanctifying grace is a stabilizing experience. With the inner foe of carnality destroyed we find it easier to withstand victoriously the attacks of Satan. Because our minds are fixed on Christ, the temptations of the world have less pull upon our souls. When we have the Holy Spirit within and rely wholly upon God, there is no power on earth or from hell that can defeat us.
This grace for victorious and joyful living is available through the power of the Holy Spirit in entire sanctification. If we have been up-and-down in our Christian experience, we may confidently expect heart holiness to give more constant victory. As newly converted Christians, we may count on more rapid and steady spiritual growth if we seek to enter into the experience of holiness early in the Christian life.
Assurance For The Sanctified
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).