New Living Translation
God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.
King James Bible
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Darby Bible Translation
But law came in, in order that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded grace has overabounded,
World English Bible
The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;
Young's Literal Translation
And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:20 The law came in between - The offence and the free gift. That the offence might abound - That is, the consequence (not the design) of the law's coming in was, not the taking away of sin, but the increase of it. Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound - Not only in the remission of that sin which Adam brought on us, but of all our own; not only in remission of sins, but infusion of holiness; not only in deliverance from death, but admission to everlasting life, a far more noble and excellent life than that which we lost by Adam's fall.
LibraryWhat Proves God's Love
'God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.'--ROMANS v. 8. We have seen in previous sermons on the preceding context that the Apostle has been tracing various lines of sequence, all of which converge upon Christian hope. The last of these pointed to the fact that the love of God, poured into a heart like oil into a lamp, brightened that flame; and having thus mentioned the great Christian revelation of God as love, Paul at once passes to emphasise …
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)
The Sources of Hope
God's Love Magnified in Christ's Death.
Law and Grace
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet."
2 Corinthians 3:7
The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.
Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
1 Timothy 1:14
Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
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