THROUGH TWO TO ONE GRACE
Genesis 2:15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.
Adam, the first man and Jesus are compared and contrasted in the Bible. So in this sense, Adam was the caretaker of the world. Scripture also tells that through Adam came sin. In a contrasting view, restoration came through Christ. Christ watches over us as the John teaches in chapter 10 when Christ affirms that He is the Good Shepherd and we cannot be taken from His hands.
By his one act of rebellion in the Garden of Eden, he brought ruin and devastation upon the entire human race. As a result, we all die because of Adamís sin. Adam's sin is the cause of all our deaths.
Take a look at verse 13 again:
13 In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a personís account when there is no law.
We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. We inherited a sin nature from Adam. And as a result, WE WILL DIE.
Ignorance is bliss. We just go on our merry way roll roll rolling our boat life is just a dream in a sinful sea if you will because before we know of the need in our life for Christ, we just donít realize we do need Him. The message of salvation-the cross as the Bible tells us is foolishness to those who are perishing.
Grace. Thereís a word.
By Godís grace, we have been reconciled to Him by the death of His Son. But for us to be reconciled with Him, His precious Son had to die. Could you be reconciled with a person who cost you your prized possession, or the person you love most in this world? Could you truly be right with the person who cost you a spouse, child, friend, or parental figure? Could you truly be okay with them after that, or say to them, ďI love you. Iím not mad. I forgive you?Ē God could and did. His reconciliation with us cost Him dearly, but it was worth it to Him.
This reconciliation is more than a removal of hostility. It carries with it a positive relationship and peace. It reveals to us a God Who is personal, caring, and gracious to us because of Jesus. This reconciliation with Him leads to rejoicing in Him, and how could it not? We are right with God whom we have horribly offended. We are at peace with Him. IF we accept HIS GIFT-THE GRACE.
Hereís the tough part. A lot of folks and, you may be one of them, do not grasp the idea-the concept of GRACE. Thereís a well-known acrostic that Christians know. Itís Godís Riches At Christís Expense.
Now if someone canít accept and believe that 1.Jesus died for them out of pure love, they typically canít believe 2.that love is so deep and sacrificially pure or 3. that the Bible uses the idea of Grace in three different ways.
SoÖThree types of Grace.
Paul makes it clear that on the basis of what Christ did on the cross, our salvation is a free gift, and there is NOTHING we could EVER do in the way of works or good deeds or religious activity that could appease Godís wrath against our sin. His wrath has already been appeased by the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of every person.
Which that brings us to the most well-known, most recited, and forgotten truth found in the Bible: John 3:16.
Hereís one definition: To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage:
Enough. We hate the word if we are told we have had enough if we donít think we have. You can replace sufficient with enough and see what I mean.
Look at these verses.
How many times have we, you gone through a tsunami of despair and emotional upheaval? How many prayers did you wail out begging God to just help you only the end result was not what you wanted? Yeah, me too. And everyone ever except Christ.
This next piece is not unique. Psalms has a lot of sadness, gloom, despair, agony, oh my.
See, even a man after Godís own heart, King David was a regular Joe or Jolene like us. He had fears and hang ups, but like him and Paul, in the middle of our trials be it sickness, death or anything in between, Godís Grace is sufficient for you, me, and everyone that accepts it.
3. A Sanctifying Grace that keeps us
Paul is saying here that what he has achieved in his Christian life was not by his own power, but the grace of God that was working in Him. Sometimes people delay trusting in Christ because they donít think they can live the Christian life. Theyíre right; they canítónot by themselves. But BY GODíS GRACEóthey CAN. Paul said, ďI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Ē (Philippians 4:13) Ė That is, with GODíS GRACE operating in my life.
I said three, but how can I forget the song, AMAZING GRACE? Thanks for reading. Till next time.