Is There Enough Grace (1)

  • Is there really enough grace? Will God truly extend to me His grace after all that I’ve done wrong? Can I really expect to receive forgiveness of all my sins? What do I have to do in order to get right with God?

    We hear these questions all the time. You may even have asked yourselves these questions. Wondering if the grace of God is truly available to you, and if the love of God for you is truly immeasurable. Let’s let scripture answer these questions.

    First. Is there really enough grace? Look at what the Apostle Paul says about that.

    Romans 5:20,21

    20 “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more," Once again we see the statement that confirms what we’ve said over and over. The law came in to increase trespasses or sin, but keep reading. You find another big but in the bible. But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. I like the way the KJV says it. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. I want the much more. Like Jesse Duplantis says. “God is not enough, He’s too much”.

    21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    We were once under the reign of sin, but when we said yes to Jesus, grace came and now righteousness reigns in us through Jesus.

    If you study Romans 4 and 5, you will see that Paul makes such a great case for grace that he writes in verse 20, the greater the sin the more the grace. His teachings and proclamation concerning this issue are so compelling that he has to put in a disclaimer. So he writes chapter 6 verses 1 and 2.

    Religion always tries to use Romans 5:20 as a warning against preaching/teaching the great grace of God. They say things like “see, if you teach grace, people will feel totally free to go out and sin like everything”. Well, first of all, they have the right to go out and sin if they want. It’s their choice. Also people say teaching grace just gives people a license to sin. First off, I do not have the power to give people a license to sin. Secondly, too late. God already gave people a license to sin. It's called CHOICE. However, I think we’ve shown in the past that teaching grace does not set you free to sin. It sets you free from sin. Grace does not encourage sin in your life, it encourages right living. Not by putting demands on you for performance, but by bringing love to you by grace.

    John 1:17 says “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. The law was given. The religious church has picked up the old covenant practice of Moses by giving the people rules and requirements for them to perform and to control their behavior. But Jesus didn’t give us grace and truth. He brought it to us personally, because He is grace and truth.

    Let me tell you there is absolutely enough grace regardless of how “deep” you think your sin is. Doesn’t matter; murder, rape, child molestation. There’s enough grace. The greater the sin, the more the grace. Notice I didn’t say the more numerous the sin (although God’s grace is not limited to a certain number of sins either), I said the greater the sin.

    Grace is greater than any sin or any number of sins. You cannot be so far from God that grace cannot save you. If you are worried that God will run out of grace for you, then you haven’t studied the scripture that says God’s mercies are renewed daily. It will never be depleted.

    Will God truly extend to me His grace after all that I’ve done wrong? No, He won’t extend it to you, because He has already brought it to you. We already showed that in John 1:17, but look at these confirming scriptures.

    1 Corinthians 1:4. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus”

    Ephesians 4:7,8.

    7 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift." Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

    Notice that in these two separate passages that they are both written in the past tense. Grace of God that was given you and grace was given to each one of us. When did Jesus give gifts to men? When He ascended on high.

    Now here’s some more scriptures that prove God truly extends His grace to me. When I say to me, I mean all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll tie that all up in one scripture before this lesson is over. But for now, look at this great scripture.

    Romans 1:15. “through whom we have received grace and apostleship…”

    Romans 3:23-25.

    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    I won’t go into detail on this verse, because we have done so in the past. Just notice that it says “have” sinned, not are sinning. It’s over. It’s in the past. Don’t let religion and legalism dig it back up.

    24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

    It’s as if God is saying, “Ya, I know they have all sinned, but guess what? I’ve got this great gift of grace as a result of what my Son Jesus has DONE at the cross. So, no harm no foul on the past sin stuff, they are justified by this great redemptive gift of grace”. BAM!!! Did you notice it said “justified”, past tense, not will be justified?

    25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.

    Divine forbearance. Look at that. Notice it says “He passed over, not that he will pass over. Then scripture is clear to point out it was the former sins that He passed over. Why? Because there aren’t any left. No present or future sins. They are all forgiven, forgotten, and destroyed by the redemptive gift of the grace of God through the precious blood shed by Jesus.

    Romans 5:15. “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”

    There’s that much more again. Much more have (past tense) the grace of God. Then look at the end of that verse it says grace abounded (past tense) for many.

    1 Corinthians 1:4. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,”

    Look again and see that it says the grace of God “that was given” (past tense). There are numerous more scriptures that prove the point. The question shouldn’t be “Will God truly extend to me His grace after all that I’ve done wrong”? It should be has God truly extended His grace to me, and the answer to that question is a resounding YES.

    In part 2 we will continue by asking the question "Can I really expect to receive forgiveness of all my sins?" Grace and Peace.


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  • Crystal Roeden
    Crystal Roeden You're right because I believe the Lord, being omniscient, is never surprised by our sin. He knew before we were born what sins we would commit because he has already seen from the beginning of time till the end.
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