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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Immeasurable Riches of His Grace

An excerpt from Horatius Bonar's "The God of Grace"

"Where sin abounded, grace did much more
abound!" Romans 5:20

The history of our world has been the story of
abounding sin--and far more abounding grace!

What was Abraham's history--but one of
abounding sin and super-abounding grace?

What was Rahab's history--but a history of
abounding sin and super-abounding grace?

What was David's history--but a history of
abounding sin and super-abounding grace?

What was Manasseh's history--but a history
of abounding sin and super-abounding grace?

What was the history of Saul of Tarsus, but one
of abounding sin and super-abounding grace, as
he himself declares, "The grace of our Lord was
poured out on me abundantly." 1 Timothy 1:14

What is all this world's long history--but a history
of abounding sin and super-abounding grace?

God not merely allowed sin to enter--but to spread;
not only to spread--but to increase in heinousness;
not only to increase in heinousness--but to vary itself,
and take every conceivable shape that man's wicked
heart could devise--all in order to demonstrate that
His resources of grace were adequate to meet it all.

Sin might widen its circle age after age--but grace
widened its circle and still went far beyond man's
transgression. For age after age sin ascended a higher
pinnacle of rebellious ungodliness; but grace ascended
along with it, and took its station far above it, like
a bright canopy of heavenly azure. Age after age
descended to lower and lower depths of hateful
pollution; grace went down along with it. And when
the soul found itself at the very bottom of the horrible
pit, and expected to meet nothing there but hell itself,
it found the hand of grace still beneath it, as mighty to
save, as willing to bless as ever. "So that in the coming
ages He might display the immeasurable riches of
His grace
, in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus."
Ephesians 2:7

2 Comments:

  • "For age after age sin ascended a higher pinnacle of rebellious ungodliness; but grace ascended along with it, and took its station far above it, like a bright canopy of heavenly azure. Age after age descended to lower and lower depths of hateful pollution; grace went down along with it."

    Do you think that man's sins and wickedness continue to expand and get "worse" over time? Or is all sin, just sin; and equally as wretched?

    By Blogger Jay Harrison, at 6/24/2006 2:20 AM  

  • I dont think that the sin has gotten worse in a sense of one sin being worse than another. I do believe that there is more of it though. More sin = More grace.

    Back in the OT we had people actively worshipping false idols and gods. We had pedofiles, murderers, etc... As Solomon wrote, there is nothing new under the sun.

    I think it would be safe to say that in modern America, every city has Christians living in it. Think back to Sodom and Gomorrah, only one guy was found righteous in the whole city.

    My point is, sin has been sin since the fall, yet it seems to mutiply through the ages, but God has been faithful to bestow grace no matter! This is what I perceive the author trying to communicate.

    By Blogger Josh, at 6/28/2006 3:20 PM  

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