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Much More

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:9).

The fifth chapter of Romans is sometimes called the "much more" chapter because of five wonderful "much more" verses. The first is our text for the day, consisting itself of a commentary on the tremendous truth in the preceding verse. That is, because of the tremendous love expressed by God "in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (v. 8), we shall also be delivered completely from the just wrath of a holy God.

Then, there is the truth of verse 10: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." Formerly His adversaries, we are not only delivered from God's wrath on sin, but also delivered from sin's power, because Christ's life becomes our life, once we are restored to complete fellowship with Him.

Thirdly, we have more abundant grace. "But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense 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" (v. 15). His grace is far greater than all our sin.

Next, there is verse 17. "For if by one man's offense 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." Note the progression in these "much mores": saved from wrath; saved unto righteousness; a life abounding in grace; and, now, a life of victory.

Finally, and in summary: "Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord" (vv. 20-21). HMM

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