Does Sin Glorify Grace?

My answer would be: yes and no, but mostly no!

YES:
Grace is exalted when we reflect upon the sinfulness of the sinner who was redeemed by grace. God showing favor to someone completely lacking in all virtue certainly exalts the wonders of God’s grace.

NO:
Once a person has received God’s grace, sin ceases to bring glory to His grace.

There is a mistaken notion in Christianity that my persistence in sinning glorifies or accentuates God’s grace. Obeying God becomes merely an option, something we can choose to do if we feel like it. But I can keep sinning and never get around to obedience at any point and this demonstrates God’s great grace.

Not really, at least if you want to be consistent with Scripture!

What glorifies God’s grace is when a converted sinner is taught by God’s grace to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and to live soberly, righteously and godly right now.

Grace has freed the sinner from sin. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

God’s grace has released us from sin’s power and we are now free to serve Christ. It is this service to Christ that glorifies God’s grace. Grace turned a person who was incapable of doing good into someone who is capable of infinite good because he has been made the righteousness of God.

Sin glorifies grace to the extent that God triumphs over sin. Sin does not glorify grace anymore than the Washington Generals glorify the Harlem Globetrotters.

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