Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. ~Romans 5:9
In our English vocabulary, the word “more” implies exceeding, expanded, extra, larger, increased, and over and above. We could use this word in phrases such as, “That’s more than I expected.” However, add the word "much," and we have "much more." Much more means far greater, exceeding abundantly, and super increased. Paul uses “much more” to describe the riches of salvation.
We see the "much more" of justification.
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Justified means we are made just in the eyes of God. His just demands for sin have been paid in full, and He sees us as if we had never sinned. We simplify the meaning of justification to “just as if I never sinned.” Our justification is accomplished through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus for all our sin. Christ died for our sins, but His shed blood saves us from the wrath of judgment. His shed blood "much more" accomplishes for every sinner a paid-in-full salvation.
We see the "much more" of reconciliation.
“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.” Sin alienates us from the life in God. Sin makes us the enemies of God. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. Reconciliation is when bitter enemies are at peace with one another. Typically, the offender reconciles with the one whom he offended. We should be the ones reconciling with God, but, instead, it is Christ Who reconciles us to God through His sacrificial death. The "much more" of reconciliation assures us of an eternal salvation. Because of His resurrection, Jesus lives, and we live as well. We can live victorious lives through Him.
We see the "much more" of grace.
"Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." Adam’s sin cursed the human race. Every man born into this world has inherited his sin nature and death by sin. The judgment of God on sin is universally upon all men. However, the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ made the free gift of eternal life available to every sinner. Grace is God sending His only begotten Son to die for our sins. Jesus is the only acceptable substitute and sacrifice for sin. We live in a sin-sick world where sin abounds. However, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. The "much more" of grace means grace is greater than all of our sin. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ. It is the grace of God that brings salvation to all men.
Grace is much more for our sin. It is much more for our service (Hebrews 12:28). It is much more for our suffering (James 4:6). It is much more for our strength (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is much more for denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, so we can live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. It is much more for giving of our means and beyond our means (2 Corinthians 9:8). Yes, grace did much more abound. Let much more of His grace work abundantly in you.
Have a grace-abounding God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 26-27