“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,
so that … grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life.
Grace has been used as an excuse for all sorts of bad behavior. That’s what happens when unrenewed minds try to grasp and even expound on the scripture, it’s not very pretty. Grace is not the description of God looking the other way to bypass our sorted behavior. Not at all, it’s actually the exact opposite. The Lord is very meticulous about our sin, every one of them were dealt with in Christ’s crucifixion. He bore my punishment, my sinfulness, so that His righteousness could be credited to my account. Grace is the influence of God on our souls to see this marvelous truth. Rather than giving us an out to continue in our sins of choice, grace opens our eyes to sin’s ugliness. What is our response? We have to run as far away as fast as our legs will carry us. We have been set free by grace, not just covered up. Every generation has had to deal with the corruption of this message of grace. That’s what Paul addressed in Romans, its what Augustine dealt with in Africa, and it is what Luther dealt with in Germany. Today it’s still the same, the so called grace message can cause the unsaved to think they are saved and it can cause the Christian to stay carnal and ineffective. Here is how Andrew Murray described it in the 1800’s.
“This great truth is seldom fully grasped. That sin increases, we know only too well. But do we believe that grace increases all the more, enabling us to overcome sin? It is absolutely essential that you grasp this truth if you want to live a life of abundance in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 9:8, Paul particularly uses the words all and every, denoting abundance: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Ask yourself, ‘Is the all-abounding life for me?’ Your answer should be, ‘If God is faithful, it is possible for me’!”
THE POINT IS THIS, CHRIST CAME TO GIVE US LIFE. The life that He came to give is vastly different from what most people settle for. Grace is the pathway to that life. We come out of darkness, we are washed and cleansed by His amazing grace, and then we enter in to a new kind of life.