Grace Did Much More Abound
Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
I. The Contamination of Sin
A. Our Description
- vs. 6 – without strength
- vs. 6 – the ungodly
- vs. 8 – sinners
- vs. 9 – facing the wrath of God
- vs. 10 – enemies of God
B. Our Death
- Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death…
- 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:
- 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
- 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
II. The Condemnation of the Sinner
A. We were Condemned because of our Birth.
- Romans 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
- Romans 5:18 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.
B. We were Condemned because of our Behavior.
- John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
- Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
C. We were Condemned because of our lack of Belief.
- 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
- 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
III. The Commendation of the Savior
- vs. 8 – Love
- vs. 8 – Substitutionary Atonement – Christ died for us
- vs. 9 – Justification – being now justified by his blood
- vs. 9 – Salvation – we shall be saved from wrath
- vs. 10 – Reconciliation – we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son
- vs. 11 – Atonement for Sin – by whom we have now received the atonement
- vs. 15; 17 – the gift of abounding grace
- vs. 17; 18 – the gift of righteousness;
- vs. 21 – righteousness unto eternal life
Conclusion: For 400 years the nation of Israel had been in bondage. They had been enslaved. They had been in chains.
- Exodus 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
- Exodus 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
But God in His mercy and grace sent a Deliverer.
He rescued them from the chains of bondage.
He brought them out of Egypt.
As Pharaoh and the Egyptians pursued, God made a way through the Red Sea.
They crossed on dry land.
The enemy tried to follow, but God saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians.
- Exodus 14:30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
Where sin abounded – the grace of God did much more abound!