The Best Is Here!

By: Mike Walker
From: November 2008
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
I still remember the moment when God revealed to me that “The Best” had already come – God’s amazing grace through Jesus Christ!

Some people say “The Best Is Yet To Come!”  But I want you to know that you can have life at its “Best” now.

The Law was good and holy, but God showed His grace in the form of His Son that we might have life and have it at its “Best” now.  I still remember the moment when God revealed to me that “The Best” had already come - God’s amazing grace revealed through Jesus Christ!

“Religion” does not rest

It is in the hearts of men to please the god they believe in.  But if we do not rest in God’s “best” and allow our actions to be in response to the understanding of the amazing love that Jesus demonstrated towards us, then that desire to please can soon become only actions that are driven by performance in order to get God’s attention turned towards us; that my friend is spelled “religion.”  Pastor, what do you mean by this?  Well, simply put, in the pursuit of doing our best to please God the creator, we soon discover our focus has shifted from God to focusing on our ability to become worthy and accepted. Then holiness, order, and discipline of religious duty will soon take the place of a personal relationship with Him.

Grace abounds much more

Look at the amazing truth that is revealed in the following scripture:

“The abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness is the power to reign in life!”


“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)

Wow, it is here we see that through this divine intervention, sin in its fullness cannot outshine the richness of a life filled with grace.  Through the cross, full payment was made, the check was signed in His blood, and the debt was paid for the penalty of sin: not only was this payment sufficient, but it was more than enough.  This is such an incredible reality when we embrace the truth of God’s grace.  Salvation is the overwhelming victory of the grace of God. 

The Apostle Paul here declares that grace abounded much more:

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20)

This is the act of grace to the life of the sinner who is now made free!  This brings us great encouragement and faith in our hearts!  The Law made sin abounds and reveals to us that we could never really meet the standard required to be righteous before God.  But, oh, the wonder of amazing grace! In Him we see the unconditional love of God revealed, bringing us redemption from sin and its power over us.

The strength of sin is the law

Through Adam, sin made its entrance into humanity and the result is that all have sinned.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

Thus came the Mosaic Law, the Law of God.  We can see through history that once the door was opened and sin made its entrance, the Law could not stop its forward motion, but instead the results of the Law were only that sin abounded.  The Law exposed sin for man and so we were left with a clear awareness of sin.  It wasn’t that the Law was not effective in its purpose (it brought conviction to men of their sinfulness), but it provided no remedy; therefore leaving them helpless and hopeless. God’s Law would say to man, “don’t do that” and the sin in man would do it anyway because the strength of sin is the Law. 

“Much more we reign in life by resting in God’s “Best” …Jesus Christ!”

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)

The power to reign in life

Because of the Law sin reigned over man like a king and had man under its dominion.  Humans were living as slaves under the power of this cruel king.  But then came THE KING OF KINGS, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS, who revealed and demonstrated to man God’s amazing grace.  The “Best” had now arrived!

When sin reigns it always brings death spiritually and physically - the demanding reigning power of sin taking but never giving, sucking the very life out of humanity.  But grace has triumphed over sin and death, giving back the life that was once stolen by sin to all who will believe and receive this amazing wonder.  The abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness is the power to reign in life!  Grace-given ability will allow the new man in Christ to emerge!

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

Here we can see how the incredible grace of God completely overthrows the reigning power of sin.  The grace of God is more than a conqueror over sin!  Jesus is the King of Peace and the King of Righteousness.  He triumphed over the powers of sin and gave us his victory so that we can be more than conquerors.  Much more we reign in life by resting in God’s “Best”…Jesus Christ!

Grace abounded at the polls

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)

Grace much more abounds!  Here in the United States we have just completed an election. As I watched the polls and the margins, the predictions and the debates, one thing was for sure: one candidate would emerge as the victor.  The victory of the candidate called grace was not one of narrow margin but a landslide defeat.  Grace “abounded” at the polls; it is the candidate that is surely in favor of the people.  The scripture here stated that sin “abounded,” - it ran a good race, it went even beyond what was expected.  But the statement that “grace did much more abound” not only means to go beyond what was expected…but even much more than that!  The grace of God exceeds all expectations.

There is no need for a recount. The vote is cast, the champion is declared and grace now reigns through righteousness. All the campaign promises are yes and amen in Him.

Righteousness through grace

In Adam, man lost his innocence, but in Christ innocence is restored as we believe and receive the amazing gift of divine righteousness!  In the garden of Eden Adam and Eve never had this righteousness.  To be found innocent is to be declared not guilty, but righteousness is given because everything has been done which is right according to God’s standard.  The Law set the stage to keep us performing to meet righteousness. Jesus, as a man, met every requirement of the Law and at the cross took all of our sin and the punishment for that sin, and then He freely gives us His divine righteousness.  Now through grace that curtain has closed, the performance has ended - just simply believe and receive what Jesus did!

“…sin in its fullness cannot outshine the richness of a life filled with grace.”

In the garden we see man walking and talking with God; God coming and going from man’s presence.  But in grace we see Christ ever present, never to leave us nor forsake us.  He living in us is our hope of glory.

Adam’s sin set up the need for the Law and that is to reveal sin.  The strength of sin is the Law.  Under the Law man had to do certain things in order to receive God’s favor.  But under the abundance of grace we discover that Christ is truly our redeemer!  Grace gave us a divine exchange.  At the cross Jesus took the punishment for all the sins of man and in return gave us His divine righteousness.  He redeemed us from sin and all the result of sin’s power; peace with God is now our truth.  We have divine guidance that is ever with us. 

Healing, provision, and freedom from loneliness is now our reality.  Jesus triumphed over all the powers of the devil so that we can live victorious lives by receiving what He has done…my friend, the “Best” is already here!

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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