Bible and Theology
In Awe of Grace
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Mar 17, 2017
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Living in awe of the grace of God should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Life of Jesus Christ. To truly experience the awesomeness of God's grace, we must understand the consequences of sin and the justice of God.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve every good thing they needed. There was only one thing that was forbidden, and that was to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would die. Still, they wanted the one thing that was forbidden them, and they ate the forbidden fruit.

"God's justice requires that sin be judged."

Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned. The stated consequence was death. God's justice requires that sin be judged. It is only in the context of God's righteous judgment of sin that we can appreciate, understand, and be exhilarated by the grace of God. The modern-day deception of Satan is to deny the existence and the consequences of sin, because if there is no sin, there is no need for grace.

Adam and Eve did not die immediately. God's grace spared them. They deserved death, but the grace of God gave them life. The justice of God required a covering for their sin, and the grace of God shed innocent blood to provide that covering -- pointing to a Savior who would ultimately come as the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Prayer: Father, help me to never take Your grace for granted. Thank You that even though I don't deserve it, You extend grace to me, as you did to Adam and Eve. Amen.

"The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more" (Romans 5:20).