Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinnedó (RO 5.12)
When Adam rebelled against God, sin entered the world and infected human nature, with devastating results.† It would seem like sin is the most powerful force in the world.† Itís the cause of all human misery: death, AIDS, cancer, World Wars, slavery, child pornography, the Holocaust, mental disorders, divorce, child abuse, rape, murder, drug addiction, alcoholism, and all injustice in the world.
In addition, sin severs us from God, and brings down upon our heads the judgment and the retribution of God against our transgressions.† Is there anything more powerful than sin?
Yes. The abounding, expanding, empowering grace of God in Jesus Christ.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ (RO 5.17).
Sin kills us, brings us into condemnation, and under its tyrannical reign.† But Godís grace in Christ comes in like a tsunami and restores us to life, enwraps us in Christís own righteousness, then lifts us up to reign with Christ in life and eternity.
Grace powerfully raises us from death to life, from the depths of sin to our original state of innocence before God.† But it lifts us higher still.† It clothes us with the very righteousness of Christ, his record of 33 years of flawless obedience.† Then the tsunami of abundant grace floods us with power to reign in life through Christ.
Jesus death “did more than simply provide a way for fallen mankind to be restored to the state of Adam’s original innocence. Jesus Christ not only reversed the curse of death by forgiving and cleansing from sin but provided the way for redeemed man to share in the full righteousness and glory of God.” –John MacArthur
Picture sin as a spider.† It sinks its fangs into us and poisons us and then we die.† And then it wraps us up in its web.† Weíre dead, enslaved, and hopeless.† But almighty grace tears us free from the web, injects life back into us, then changes us into beautiful butterflies, and then into birds and then into angels.† Grace does so much more than merely restore us to our original condition.
What hope believers have!† Godís abounding, expanding, tsunami of grace rescues and raises and gives us the gift of righteousness and empowers us to reign with Jesus forever.† No matter what sins youíre battling, take hope Ė grace is far, far greater.
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