Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
One of the great results, or fruit, of Christ’s work on the Cross is in Romans 5:20 — “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Think of the Apostle Paul, who had been Christ’s greatest enemy, the chief of sinners. After God’s mercies in Christ were shown to him, and he was brought to Christ, he declares himself to be the great example of mercy and grace: “I obtained mercy.” God’s display of mercy has an intended result: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” And again: “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (I Cor. 15:10; I Tim. 1:16).
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object met my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
In agonies and blood;
Who fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.
But all my tears were vain;
Where could my trembling soul be hid,
For I the Lord had slain!
‘I freely all forgive!
This blood is for thy ransom paid,
I died that thou mayest live.’”