IN THE BEGINNING, GRACE
Why did God create anything?
God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Gen. 1:25 NLT
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them. Gen. 1:26-27
Grace is never just enough.
Grace is always more than enough.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Gen. 2:18 NLT
In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Gen. 1:27 NLT
But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Gen. 2:16-17 NLT
God’s expressions of grace were innumerable, His requirements were minimal.
Grace in its purest form can have no strings attached.
We severely underestimate the impact of sin.
Sin led to shame. Shame led to blame.
Adam blamed God for his troubles, and mankind has been blaming God ever since.
Disobedience has consequences, obedience leads to freedom.
From the very beginning God has responded to the sin of humanity with...amazing grace.
Jesus endured the affliction of evil and suffered the penalty of death that Adam was promised and we all deserve.
Jesus = Grace personified