Romans 5:20,21 This passage seem to trace the course of two mighty rivers. The one has its source in the stream of sin and evil. As sin has proceeds in to the world it is distinguished by abundance and is said to reign, to dominate the world, and it flows at last into the black ocean of death, “The wages of sin is death,” (Rom.6:23) A soul act disgraced the human race. Sin has brought in death, trouble and moral inability.
Secondly, the other has its source in divine grace, this stream is morality, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Rom.6:22) It become even more abundant than the other. It flows overpoweringly, triumphantly, until it is lost in the sea of eternal life. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen.6:8) before the flood came.
The abundance of sin. Sin, in the course of ages, multiplied, abounded, exceeded, and overflowed in earth, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:” (II.Tim.3;50)
We have many instance of this in the early history of our human race. Adam and Eves sin, Cain’s sin, The days before the flood, Noah’s sin, Sodom’s sin and Israel’s sin. There is nothing which so astonishingly displays the exceeding sinfulness of sin as the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, “But they cried out, away with him, a way with him, crucify him,” (Jh.1915)
Sin has brought death into our world. Death came into the world by sin, and the blood of Abel give accent to that truth, death reigned, for sin has entered. “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brothers blood’s crieth unto me from the ground.” (Gen 4:10)
Sin brings trouble. No controversy is required. Here we do not stand on debatable ground, Experience, and history which is recorded declares that sin brought sorrow and trouble, in the sense of the absence of peace, and the presence of unrest.
Sin bring moral inability. Men everywhere shows the signs of a fallen nature. Education may do something to preclude the outbreak of human depravity and the restraining force of society may check, but on all hands we have marks of man’s sinfulness. Divine grace is needful, and is the only adequate remedy, only Jesus can set man free from sin.
Grace will prevail in the end. Mighty as is sin, the grace of God is mightier still, “ But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the Law. To redeem then that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal.4,5)
The due time was marked a long way on the time’s great dial plate. The due time for the triumphant vindication of grace’s all abounding force and pervading authority may yet be some distance off, if it is to be measured by the due time of
Jesus’ advent “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Mt.24:36)
In the past by weak things God has conquered. Base things have overturned the might. Seeming folly has confounded the wisdom of the world. Grace, though seemingly weak, shall in due time conquer and subdue and destroy sin, “Grace shall reign through righteousness unto eternal life.” (v.21)
Many question may trouble our soul when studying such passages as this before us, but let us not ask, why sin, why moral corruption , why a curse upon the human race, from one man’s disobedience.
Let us rather say, Here is the sin, here is the undoubted fact of a perverse moral tendency, and thou in the mediation of Jesus’ work is the sovereign cure. Let us seek for Divine healing in Jesus.
The sick does not ask, whence and why the pestilence? But seek a remedy. The wise Israelite bitten by the serpent did not ask, whence the serpents, why the infliction, how is this virus infused? But Israel was to look up unto the brazen serpent to find healing for their bodies. Sickness and sin will not prevail, grace declares, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa.53:5)
Thank God, we may be healed through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us seek that grace may reign in our hearts through righteousness unto eternal life, eternal life with all its amplitude of bliss.
What is everlasting life? Not mere life without end, but life without sin, sickness, sorrow, death. Our great question is, Which is our moral master, sin or grace? Joshua words were,”but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Jos. 24:15)
After all of Moses pain with Israel, at the end grace overcome and Moses viewed the promise land. John declared,“ After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nation, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;” (Rev.7:9)