A Samaritan’s Grace…
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
13To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15But 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! 16Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For 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!
18Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19For 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.
20The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
While it is true that God calls us to love our neighbor, there is more here. It is also a parable about salvation and grace. It is also about the limitations of the law and the exceeding abundance of God’s grace to cover sin.
Wherever there is sin, there is grace in greater abundance.
It is not sufficient to know right from wrong. The Lord requires that we actually do what is right.
As we read through this parable, we can identify the characters and who they represent:
- A Certain Man in this story is all of us.
- The Thief is the false prophet. Because of false teaching you are susceptible unto death because there is no life in that.
- The Priest is the law. The law falls short of saving you and bringing you to God. We are commanded to walk by the grace of God, not by the law.
- The Levite represents our own human understanding; our own morality.
- The Oil and the Wine represent the Spirit of God, and the Blood of Jesus Christ.
God has given us the oil and wine so that we go out and take His gospel to those that do not know. He has that wine and oil available for you. God today has prepared to pour out that wine for cleansing and the oil of the spirit for comforting anyone who wants to receive.