We began in our last lesson some introductory remarks on the 18 times Paul uses the phrase Much More. The number 18 we learned is connected to bondage.
In our lesson this time we will begin to deal with the Power Of The Much Mores Over Bondage. In Romans 5:7-9 we find The Powerful Basis of Much More. The love of Jesus is the door into the much mores of Paul. In Romans 5:8a Paul said, but God commended His love towards us and in verse 9a much more then. This great love that lets us into Paul's much mores has a progressive truth taught through out the Scriptures. In John 3:16 we are told God so loved the world. I find in the Bible His love for the creation and His redemptive love or very different. In Ephesians 5:25 the progression of His love becomes more pointed when Paul said, Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it. The most precise progression of His love is found in Galatians 2:20 when Paul said, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. His love is personal,He died for me. I cannot comprehend His life for mine.
This love Paul tells us God commendeth towards us. The ETH gives us the indication this is an unending dam break of love toward all, no, it is to the redeemed people alone. This Much More Love Is Unconditional. Oh love that we will not let me go I rest my weary soul in Thee. The redeemed find this love was extended to them while they were ungodly sinners. Our Lord did not just say in word I love you but in action He died for me. This much more love Paul said is Unlimited Jeremiah said, yea I love thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. There has never been a time sinner or saint when He has loved me more or less.
The powerful bases of Paul's much more love is Unexplainable. Frederick Lehman wrote the song The Love of God. Songs of his day always had three versus and a chorus. He could only come up with two versus. The third verse was found scribble on the back wall of the patient in an insane asylum after he died the words fit perfect with Fredericks song. The verse said, could we with ink the ocean fill and were the sky of parchment made; where every stalk on earth a quil and every man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretch from sky to sky. O love of God how rich and pure how measureless and strong, it shall for evermore endure the saints and angels song
His love is so much more and delivers sin sick souls from bondage. This patient was locked up in the bondage of an insane asylum but the words seemed to tell us he had entered into the much more of God's freedom.
Paul's Much Mores
Text Romans 5: 9,10,15,17,
I began to study today what I will entitle Paul's much mores. Paul uses the term much more 18 times in his writing. Our text will be the basis of our next study, you can turn there and see the examples of Paul's much mores.
The use of the phrase 18 times is a very interesting number in Bible numerology. It is a number connected with the subject of bondage. In Genesis 12 the 18th time Abraham's name is mentioned Sarah has been taken into bondage by Pharaoh. In Exodus we find the children of Israel in bondage to the Moabites, Amorites, and the Philistines for 18 years. In Luke 15 the 18th time Jesus's name is mentioned a man is let down from the roof in bondage to a paralyzed body. In Luke 13 a woman had suffered great affliction and infirmities for 18 years.
The number 18 is made up of two numbers. The number ten which is connected with fulliness, completeness, or wholeness. The number eight is connected with the subject of the new birth. There were eight people on the ark saved from the flood of God's judgment. In John three the new birth chapter, birth is used eight times. If one is to be freed from the bondage of sin and depravity, they must be made whole by the new birth. It is a spiritual birth that originates and is only orchestrated by God alone.
The phrase much more means abundant, plenteous, biggest, greatest, longest, and highest. It means better than all the rest. The new birth not only frees from bondage but gives to us so much more. Join us as we look in the coming weeks at Paul's much more's.