Moreover the law entered, that the offence [breaking of the law] I might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).
The saving grace of God is captured beautifully in Grace Greater than Our Sin. This is another wonderful hymn I learned in my youth at the Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga. The song has stayed in my heart for many years!
My regular readers know that my most favorite topic is the love of God for us but the grace of God is tied to His love. Grace is defines as the free and unmerited favor of God. The grace of God cannot be earned nor can it be purchased. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-9).
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Rom 5:15-18).
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom 3:23-25). For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23).
I could add more of my own words but the saving grace of God is simple yet powerful. I need add nothing to it, though the this loving hymn captures the simplicity of His grace beautifully. The only word I would have used a different one for is spilled. The blood of Christ was shed willingly. In fact His blood would not have flowed unless Christ allowed it too. I love the last sentence of the last chorus: Will you this moment His grace receive? If you have not asked Jesus to redeem you, I ask you now. Will you? Will you this moment His grace receive? For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:9).
Julia H. Johnston wrote em>Grace Greater than Our Sin. The song was published in Hymns Tried and True (Chicago, Illinois: The Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1911), number 2. Daniel B. Towner, wrote the music.
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.
Chorus: Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?