There is a lot you can get from God by faith. If you have the right kind of faith, you could tell a tree to get up and replant itself somewhere else (Luke 17:6). The greatest thing you can get by faith, though, is access to grace.
Romans 5:1 says we are justified by faith, and because of this, we have peace with God. It sounds like faith is everything here. We are justified, and we have peace with God. How could we need anything else?
Verse 2 tells us how. The apostle Paul says that by faith “we have access … to this grace by which we stand.” If you want to continue in faith (Col. 1:22-23), you need to rush on into that grace by which we stand. Faith obtains grace for you.
Access to Grace. Most Christians do not realize just what and how much this means. There’s a hint there in Romans 5:2. By grace, “we stand.” That’s just a hint, though. It’s a taste, a smell, of a fantastic feast. Maybe not a feast, but a medicine that can heal all that ails you.
Ephesians 2:8 points out that it is actually grace that saves you. We are saved “by grace,” which we obtained “through faith.” Though we did not and cannot receive that grace by works, the result of grace is that we become “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Eph. 2:10).
Grace means favor, and the favor of God means that sin cannot dominate you any more (Rom. 6:14). The favor of God that saves you also teaches you. It teaches you to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age” (Tit. 2:11-12). It can teach you, and you can follow through, because sin cannot dominate you any more.
Grace helps in time of need. Note that grace and mercy are not the same thing. We often use them interchangeably. When we run to the throne of grace, we can find mercy there, but we can find more. We can also, in addition to mercy, find “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
Grace is also the source of the spiritual gifts that God gives us. In Greek, grace is charis, and spiritual gifts are charismata. Peter exhorts us to be good stewards of the grace we have received (1 Pet. 4:11).
You say you have faith. Do not stop there! Faith gives you access to grace. Rush in, stand in it, triumph over sin and serve God’s people.