God’s Overflowing Grace
16 January 2022 AM – Romans 5:12-21 – Rom2022 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Illustrate the difference between enough and overflowing by using a cup and a jug of water. In our text this morning, God assures us that His grace is not just enough to help a sinner a little; it abounds and overflows to cleanse a sinner completely and give him eternal life.
When we speak of “grace”, we are talking about God’s divine help.
Transition: I want us to see that God reveals to us the need for His overflowing grace, the adequacy of His overflowing grace, and the goal of His overflowing grace.
God first reveals…
The need for His overflowing grace
a. We have all sinned
1) We inherited a sin nature from Adam (v.12). None of our parents had sinning lessons with us. Disobedience, rebellion, selfishness and greed are part of our inner nature.
2) However, we cannot just blame our nature for sin; we have all sinned by choice as well. We have chosen to disobey our parents or a speed limit. We have greedily sought to please ourselves rather than to please others. We have lusted for things that do not belong to us.
3) Perhaps this story sounds familiar. A little boy was in a heated argument with his sister about who was going to get the last biscuit. His mother overheard the loud discussion in their kitchen and came in to resolve the conflict. Her two children were obviously very distraught about getting that final treat. Sensing the need to teach a deeper truth, the mom asked her children that ever-relevant question: “What would Jesus do?” The older sibling immediately answered, “That’s easy, Jesus would just break the biscuit and make five thousand more!” ministry127 Without question, we are all sinners.
b. Sin brings death
1) God told Adam that if he sinned, he would die (Gen 2:17). When Adam sinned, he died spiritually and began dying physically. Since the day Adam sinned, death has passed on to all, for we all sin (v.12).
2) Sin was present and led to death even before God gave His law to Moses (v.13).
3) Death reigned as a king (v.14). No mere human has ever conquered death.
Sin and death make it so we truly need God’s overflowing grace. In our own efforts, we cannot conquer sin or death.