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The Immensity of Grace

08/2004
   

“Much more then having more been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
Romans 5:9

The quintessence (essence) of the gospel of the New Testament is grace. The phrase ‘much more’ is expressed 5 times in Romans 5. It is very apt in the description of grace. So then what is grace? God becoming ‘much more’ to you. We have yet to fathom and comprehend the tremendous immensity or enormity (vastness) of His grace.

The word ‘much’ is polus in Greek refers to many, plenteous or abundant while the word ‘more’ is mallon in Greek refers to ‘prove in a greater degree’ namely far more, the more and more or so much more. It denotes a very great volume in quantity or numerous in supply. The phrase ‘much more’ expressed together enhanced substantially its vastness. It is simply incalculable in measure or immeasurable in effect. In short, Grace is an irresistible force!

In the light of the context of the passage, the New English Bible bring out the meaning more aptly, “And so, since we have now been justified by Christ’s sacrificial death, we shall all the more certainly be saved through him from final retribution.” Thus, the phrase ‘much more’ can be appropriately expressed as ‘the more certainly’ or certainty. It is the conviction without a shadow of doubt in Apostle Paul’s mind that the reality and the virtue of Christ’s blood has acquitted, justified and pronounced a sinner righteous is now an unquestionable truth. This is the marvel of His amazing grace.

The realism and practicality of grace lies in the answer to this issue: Can God be ‘much more’ to you? How? Let go and let God do it for you! Jesus Christ died for you on the cross without asking for your permission. His precious blood declared you righteous status before God was a legal verdict deemed true accomplished without asking for your permission. No legal fee was charged to your account. He did all these work for you absolutely free of charge. Lord, why are You so nice and kind to me even through I am a stranger to Your covenant? Grace!

The realizations of the great implications of the immensity of His grace are needful for the whole redemptive salvation for he total man’s wholeness. Our identity and self-worth is wrapped up in this single word: grace. The notable Greek scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates described grace as ‘the undeserved, unearned and unmerited favour, benefit or kindness.’ He further added, ‘a favour done without expectation of return; absolute freeness of the loving-kindness of God to men finding His only motive in the bounty and free-heartedness of the Giver. ‘God did things for you unconditionally without expecting you to pay Him back. So will you let God become ‘much more’ to you?

This illuminating realization is vital to settle the unworthiness or guilt feelings that constantly plagued (afflicts) the conscience. For the repentant soul shall always find mercy and grace in the Immanuel’s fountain. Let every humble soul see themselves in the mirror of His word. You have been made worthy and righteous and have found favour in His sight. Don’t struggle to believe but trusted in the trustworthiness of the scriptures. This incredible and undeniable fact is an eternal, unchanging truth.

Today, we have been saved (sozo) from the wrath of God. God’s anger is no longer upon a sincere believer. If grace denotes favour than wrath (orge) denotes ill-favour or disapproval. Presently, you can live joyously in the sunshine of grace. Day by day, awake with the consciousness that God is smiling over you for you are in God’s ‘good book.’ Indeed, this is the excellency of the immensity of God’s grace.

 

 

 
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