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"10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, "You shall not commit adultery,"b also said, "You shall not murder."c If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker."
When the real truth of this verse was revealed to me.
The last thing I wanted to see was sin.
Not only Sin in my life But especially sin in a brother or sisters life.
May I encourage you by mentioning Paul's victorious statement; "that where sin abounded, grace much more abounded" (Romans 5:20).
The first 'abounded' in relation to sin means 'to superabound' and the second 'abound' in relation to grace is a completely different word, which means 'to abound exceedingly much more'. So, even when it seems that sin abounds (in ourselves or others) we can be more confident that the grace of God is working (often behind the scenes) exceedingly much more..
The best biblical example of this grace can be drawn from the verse you referred to in James 2, "For he who said, "You shall not commit adultery,"b also said, "You shall not murder."c If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker."
Like James, I think many pick out murder and adultery as the two ugliest transgressions. And yet, we also know that King David committed both of these. In a most gruesome, deliberate way, too. (1 and 2 Samuel). I mean, to qualify it, imagine the outcry if a US President stole the wife of a decorated 5 star general, made her pregnant, conspired to have the general killed on the battle field and then took the wife to be his own. David did the equivalent to Uriah with Bathsheba.
He was punished for it, although it took Samuel to get David to admit he had even done it. He lost the child, which was with Bathsheba from his adultery.
Yet, and this is a really big 'yet', although David had many wives, it was from Bathsheba's next union with David that we trace the human lineage of Jesus our Saviour.
As if to highlight this confounding fact, Mathew, in the opening passage of the NT, when listing the genealogy of Christ, refers to Bathsheba as 'her who had been the wife of Uriah.' It's like he wanted people to know the 'neighborhood' Christ came from.
Perhaps, even more than that, Jesus, the God of all, is called both the root and the offspring of David (rev 22:10). And it is David's throne that Christ sits upon (2 Samuel 7:13-16)..
It is an affront to the religious mind. But is hard to ignore; that Christ arriving into this world and into our lives came despite his human origins being sourced in such extreme acts of sin..
So, when I think of the heaviness of sin, I also think of the much more exceeding heaviness of grace.
Maybe that is partly what James had in mind too, when he said, a little further down the page in 2: 13, that 'mercy triumphs over judgement..'
I can understand why we call this grace 'amazing'.