How Many Trillions?
Read Romans Chapter 5
Ro 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—
Ro 5:15 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! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.
Most of us have many times wondered if God could forgive us just one more time. After many, many failures, sometimes we find it difficult to come before Him once again, hat in hand, asking for another helping of grace. As I was reading this passage, the enormity of man’s sinfulness began to overwhelm me. Follow with me as I take us on a journey.
How many people have lived from the beginning of time up until now? My understanding is that there are over seven billion people alive on the earth as of this moment. If we can possibly imagine, add to that number all the people who once lived but have passed away. Now we come to the really impossible task: imagine the monstrous, inconceivable number of sins which have been committed in total, including every person who has ever been born. We cannot fathom such a great number of transgressions!
This passage from Romans says that Jesus’ provision of grace is sufficient for all the sins of mankind. His one act of righteousness was justification for all men. It is available to any and all men who will receive His indescribable gift to mankind. Now let’s get to the point alluded to earlier. When we come humbly before Christ, one more time, because of one more sin, asking Him to forgive us, will He deny us? Is our last sin so horribly terrific that it goes beyond the redeeming power of His righteousness? Is it the straw that broke the ‘camel’s back?’
The words from Romans chapter 5 would tell us that our one additional sin is as equally covered by God’s love and mercy as is each individual sin of every one of the seven billion men and women alive today. Each of our sins is a monumental offense to our Lord, but it can never be so bad that the blood of Christ cannot atone for it. His work on the cross is sufficient for each and every sin which we will ever commit.
As usual, we must remind ourselves: this truth does not give us license to willfully sin. Instead, it should give us additional incentive to reject all our future temptations. And, we need to take great comfort, knowing that His forgiveness has no limits. Let us not take it for granted, nor willfully impose upon His mercy. Let us thank Him and praise Him for the marvelous, matchless grace we have been given.
Ro 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the One Man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jn 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of (your name)!
Prayer: What can we say, Lord? How can we continue in sin any longer? We cannot! Lord, help us!