Abound in His Grace.

“Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”(2 Corinthians 8:7)

#HisGraceStillRemains the greatest gift that I have ever received.

In Romans 5:20 Paul states “Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” KJ21 .

Word Study:

  1. entered“: The Greek word used for “entered” is pareiserchomai. This is a compound word made up of para, meaning “alongside,” eis, meaning “into,” and erchomai, which means “to come or to go.”
  2. “abound”  = perisseuó: to be over and above, to abound
    Original Word: περισσεύω
    Part of Speech: Verb
    Transliteration: perisseuó
    Phonetic Spelling: (per-is-syoo’-o)
    Short Definition: I exceed, am left over
    Definition: (a) intrans: I exceed the ordinary (the necessary), abound, overflow; am left over, (b) trans: I cause to abound.
  3. abounded has a separate meaning: The Greek for abounded is huperperisseuó: to abound more exceedingly
    Original Word: ὑπερπερισσεύω
    Part of Speech: Verb
    Transliteration: huperperisseuó
    Phonetic Spelling: (hoop-er-per-is-syoo’-o)
    Short Definition: I abound exceedingly, overflow
    Definition: (a) intrans: I abound exceedingly, (b) dep: I overflow

Meaning simplified

So, restated one could say “Moreover, the law [“ came alongside” humanity – not as a Savior but to stand “alongside” the original sin that was committed in the Garden of Eden. The law did not cause humanity to sin it simply amplified the fact that sin existed and that it still exists.] “that the offense might abound.” [The law became the light bulb in the room that revealed how dirty the room looked in the dark, but was hidden because there was no light.]

However, God sent His Son – His only Son – the light that never stops shining – to let us know that “. . . where sin abounded [exceedingly, overflows, expands, grows larger, is ever expanding or as sci-fi movies would display, extends its tentacles into the far reaches of humanity],  GLORY BE TO GOD HIS grace did much more abound [exceedingly, overflow or grows larger],” (Romans 5:20).

Application

As we live our lives, friends, it behooves us to apply this marvelous grace that abounds beyond our own sins to the people who may sin against us. We are truly grateful for the grace that “exceedingly overflows, grows larger, and expands into our lives.  As we walk and share Jesus and are salt and light in this world we show that grace and its impact on our lives. Paul reminded the Corinthians to do just that

“Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”

We live in a world where sin is expanding and overflowing exceedingly. WIll you support a ministry that is sharing the “good news” about the grace of God that overflows in our lives? Grace and peace to you.

 

 

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