We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 Corinthians 6:1
When Paul addresses the church at Rome, he clearly states in Romans 5:17 it was by one man’s offense. The man that he implicated was Adam and because of his offense death reigned. I remember reading about Adam’s offense when I was very young and thinking to myself this is not fair or right. By someone else’s mistake, death passed upon all of us. I suppose if that was the end of the story I could understand that. Yet it is just half of the story because grace caused one man who was innocent to die for the guilty. That is not fair either. In fact it is a grave miscarriage of justice. Yet Paul argues that if we want righteousness through Jesus, we must accept our sin through Adam and receive our forgiveness through Christ. In this text he argues that death reigned by one, but through Jesus we have received much more and the abundance of grace. The question is raised, How much more? The answer is whatever is necessary. The key to us living a good life is by receiving His grace.
In a more practical way James encouraged us not to be just hearers of the word, but doers. He also encouraged us to remember who we are and not to be forgetful. Yes in the great cosmic battle Adam sinned and brought an invasion of a kingdom that was not meant to operate on this earth. This dark kingdom set up its emissaries and with it its mandates and decrees. Because of that, we have all been knocked down, troubled, perplexed, and misunderstood. Scripture says, “But God who is rich in mercy with His great love, sent His son to bring about another kingdom.
Jesus announced the kingdom of God was at hand. There are now two kingdoms on the earth; one of light and one of darkness. Both of these kingdoms are functioning at this time. Yet we stand in the kingdom of light and grace. We appropriate experience and know of this kingdom’s power and grace. This kingdom is the kingdom of God. In God’s kingdom, people experience grace at profound levels. Always remember when you are struggling that you are afflicted by the mandate of a lesser kingdom and law. We are to know and understand the truth of the greater kingdom and its grace. This grace is to be received. It is “the much more” that Paul talked about. It is greater than whatever the claim of the other kingdom is.
Finally in understanding grace we show forth the authority of the Lord. Yes, there is abundant grace for us and we are to live in it and we are to appropriate it as ambassadors of a greater kingdom.