Where Sin Abounded GRACE DID Much More Abound

where sin abounded grace did much more

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. BUT WHERE SIN ABOUNDED GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank God for the liberty that the grace of God brings to our life. It is certainly the major truth that set my life free from sin and sinning. This liberty is not so we are free to sin but that we can be free to serve (Gal. 5:13). Grace was never given to us as a cover or as an excuse to continue sinning. I’ve often heard Romans 5:20 quoted saying something like this, that people sinning causes grace to abound so don’t be concerned if they are sinning. I heard an internationally famous preacher say that we shouldn’t focus on the younger generation’s sinning we should focus on the grace abounding to them. He was saying their sinning is causing much more grace to abound. Oh my!

Romans 5:20 does not say grace keeps abounding as we keep sinning. The comparison is between how the sin of one man’s offense (Adam) multiplied, abounded, and increased into countless transgressions when the Law came on the scene, grace DID much more abound when the one man Jesus came on the scene. Grace doesn’t abound when we sin, grace DID already abound when Jesus died at the Cross. It doesn’t say grace DOES more abound it says grace DID much more abound, implying a past tense finished work. The grace Jesus made available at the Cross abounded more than the transgressions that abounded due to the Law. (The Greek grammar supports this as a past action where the phrase “did much more abound” is one word “hupereperisseusen” and is in the “first aorist active indicative” which indicates a past action).

Without even knowing Greek grammar further reading of Romans 6:1, 2, 15 makes it even more clear and destroys the argument that our sinning causes more grace to abound when it says Rom 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we CONTINUE in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? In other words shall we continually sin, or habitually sin that grace may abound? God forbid, (or let it not be, far from it, by no means or let it never be said).

Then again in Romans 6:15 What then? shall we SIN, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Shall we SIN once in awhile or a little bit that grace may abound and once again, God forbid. We are not given grace to reign in our lives for ongoing sinning but that we would sin not. Grace isn’t a license to sin but to serve because we’ve been freed from sin’s enslaving power.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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