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Unlimited Super abounding Grace of God


Can we lose our salvation by sinning? Does God withhold His grace because of sin? Do we forfeit grace when we sin? Is it reduced because of our inability to keep from sinning?

Those are serious questions if we truly believe that God saves us by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

“The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). “Where sin thus multiplied, grace immediately exceeded it” (NEB). “Though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God His grace is wider and deeper still” (Phillips). The flood of grace surpassed the flood of sin. No matter how great human sin becomes, God’s grace overflows beyond it and abundantly exceeds it.

The apostle Paul pictures sin overflowing and reaching a high water mark as it sweeps away everything before it, but God in grace completely floods our lives with mercy and forgiveness because of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Where the waters of sin multiplied, grace overflowed. Grace is never withheld because of sin. It overcomes the effects of sin and reigns victoriously.

Just when we think we are hopelessly overwhelmed by sin, the grace of God proves itself to be far greater.

The super abounding grace of God is never withheld or reduced because of sin. Sin has never been demonstrated to be stronger than God's grace. It is just the opposite. Light always penetrates and overcomes darkness. The believer has an unlimited supply of grace always available to him.

Where sin increases, grace super abounds. It overcomes the boundaries of sin. God does not withhold His grace because of sin; it is always given in spite of our sin.

The grace of God does not become depleted because we sin. God has provided 100% of the righteousness that is needed to save us for eternity ant that righteousness never runs out. God’s superabundant supply of grace never diminishes. We do not forfeit grace when we sin. It takes a hundred percent of grace for God to save us! That saving supply of grace never becomes depleted.

Sin never keeps grace from saving us, or even from keeping us saved.

Moreover, the grace of God also works at giving us victory over sin in our daily life. Grace works at delivering us from the power of sin. Just “as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).

Our salvation is certain because the saving work of God is a lasting accomplishment. Grace reigns like a king through righteousness to eternal life. Salvation is the work of God and nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39). Yes, if it depended upon us, we would never be saved. But it does not. It depends upon God’s saving grace alone.

The super abounding grace of God is seen as living demonstrations of His handiwork in the changed lives of believers in Jesus Christ. The world looks on and asks, “What makes you different?”

That which supremely exalts the Lord God is the salvation of sinners by grace alone. Everything in heaven and on the earth is contributing to that end.

The apostle Paul stresses that legalism adds nothing to our righteousness before God. You will not be more spiritual if you follow certain men's rules and expectations. Our own righteousness amounts to zero in God's eyes. It is bankrupt. We are in debt to the righteousness of God--that righteousness that God alone provides through Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21).

If you choose to live by the Law, you have to obey all of the Law. I have never met a person who did that. The Law only reveals sin in our lives. It cannot save; it cannot sanctify. Only God in His unlimited super abounding all sufficient grace can do that. To live by grace means we depend upon the super abundant supply of God's grace for daily living.



Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006





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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.


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