Grace Seen By Contrastive Amplification
by Impact Church
God’s word reveals that God has loved us in the most contrastive ways. Romans 5 is one of the strongest examples of this contrast. Please take the time to review the summaries and examples of the contrasts between what Adam and sin produced and what Jesus and His act of righteousness produced for us.
Having peace with God (5:1), we should no longer think negatively about bad times, instead, we should rejoice in our tribulations because it’s a process that changes us and bathes us in the love of God through the Holy Spirit (5:3-5).
While helpless, Christ died for the ungodly (5:6)
While we were sinners, Christ died for us (5:8)
“MUCH MORE THEN”, indicating God’s action exceeds our expectation, in addition to being justified by His blood; we are saved from His wrath (5:9).
While enemies we were reconciled to God but even MORE THAN THAT, we shall be saved by His life (5:10).
By Adam’s transgression the many died, “MUCH MORE did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, ABOUND to the many” (5:15).
In Adam, one sin resulted in judgment, which produced condemnation, but justification is the result of the free gift, which covered many transgressions (5:16).
Through Adam, death reigned but MUCH MORE we who received the ABUNDANCE of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ (5:17).
One transgression resulted in condemnation to all men, but in Jesus’ one act of righteousness, justification was granted to all men who believe (5:18).
Adam’s sin made all men sinners, while Jesus’ obedience will make the many righteous (5:19).
Where sin increased, grace ABOUNDED ALL THE MORE (5:20).
Sin reigned in death but grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life (5:21).
It is staggering to consider that in our worst, God’s love was and is exceeding and whatever was excessive in sin, judgment and condemnation, God turned everything around and through Jesus Christ gave us His grace, justified us before Him, and gave us Life.
Praise His Holy Name!