Friday, October 16, 2015

The Grace of God is Hyper By Nature

"Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:" (Romans 5: 20)

This passage brings nothing but consternation for the modern mind. How can the grace of God superabound in our lives, if we have sin, or sin in action?

The fact is -- if sin could stop the grace of God, then Jesus would never have come to die for us, to rise from the dead for us, and then to live in us.

Consider the gracious truth of Romans 5: 8:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5: 8)

Of course, no one should be suprised:

"Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wisemen shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:14)


"The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?" (Jeremiah 8: 9)

and also

"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." (Luke 10: 21)

and finally

"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men." (1 Corinthians 1: 25)

So, let us go back to the his "hyper grace" criticism/

Can there really be too much grace?

The verse above clearly writes: "Grace hyper-abounds". Yes, in the literal Greek!

Furthermore, what gives us power of sin? Grace!

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2: 11-14)

Grace is hyper, overflowing beyond our understanding. Just when critics cry out that there is too much grace, then God's grace superabounds, overcomes all our sins, and gives us power: His life flowing through us!

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