Where Sin Abounds Grace Much More Abounds (Romans 5:12, 20)
Romans 5:12, Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
By one man (Adam-Genesis 3), sin entered into the world. Since Adam was the head of the human race, his sin nature has passed down through humanity. Paul did not say that sin originated with Adam. Only the sin in this world began with him. Sin originated with Satan (Isaiah 14:12).
A flippant, cocky teenager asked a preacher, "You say that unsaved people carry a weight of sin. I don't feel anything! How heavy is sin? Is it ten pounds or eighty pounds?" The preacher replied by asking the teenager, "If you laid a 500 pound weight upon a corpse, would it feel the load?" The youth replied, "It would feel nothing because it is dead!" The preacher concluded, "That spirit, too, is indeed dead which feels no load of sin or is indifferent to its burden and flippant about its presence." The teenager was silenced. The penalty for sin is death. Death has passed upon all men.
Romans 5:20, Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
The work of the law is not to save. It is only to condemn, to cause people to see their need of salvation (Galatians 3:24). It condemns because the more the law is manifested, the more one realizes his sinfulness. It is like a street light to one who has fallen into the dirt. The closer one gets to the street light, the more defiled he sees himself to be. When the Law of God arrived, sin which already existed was clearly defined. Sin therefore seemed even more abundant. “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Though the law made sin seem to be even greater by clearly defining it, the grace of God was greater still. But sin, which the law points up, did not have the last word. We do not have to die in Adam. God’s grace to humanity is greater than humanity’s rebellion against God
The law can only condemn, not save, so it only brings death, not life. Grace conquers sin and therefore reigns through the Gospel. God hates sin, but He has great love for the sinner and He has provided redemption for all men. The power of sin is broken by Christ. Since, God is holy, sin must be punished. God is also gracious and in Christ our sins are dealt with. Sin abounds, but grace much more abounds.
Prayer, Lord, I thank You for Your grace. When sin abounds and darkness tries to reign, that is always when You reach out to seek and to save. Forgive me for giving way to fear. I choose to push away all my fears and to believe that You are going to do something miraculous to save the day! Let Your grace flow, Lord, pour it on! In Jesus name, Amen.
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