OVERFLOW [PART 4]
“But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!”
The overflow begins with Jesus and grace. In Romans 5:15, Paul is explaining how with Adam’s sin, we are all spiritually dead, but the magnificence of how through Jesus Christ, grace overflows to all!
With Jesus we find grace.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The overflow of grace, through a relationship with Jesus Christ, leads us to an overflow of hope! You see, without Jesus, we are separated from God and have no way to be reconciled with him! Therefore, we are without hope. However, there is a true hope that comes from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross! He made right our relationship with God for those who believe. So through the grace from Christ, we now have hope.
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:15
As a result of the grace that has been poured out on us, may we have an overflow of thanksgiving and appreciation for this great gift! Realizing the gift of grace was not something that we earned nor deserved but rather was given in spite of our unworthiness.
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12
In his letter to the church of the Thessalonians, Paul writes to them, encouraging them that their love may increase and overflow for one another. When we look at this verse in perspective of the prior 3 verses we have discussed, it is obvious to see that love is woven through them all. The overflow of love from God and Jesus Christ is why we have the overflow of grace in the first place. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19, NIV)
“In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
2 Corinthians 8:2
When you understand the mystery of the grace that has been so generously poured out for you and I, you can’t help but be overwhelmed with joy! When you realize the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and I, you can’t help but overflow with joy!