The premise of this series is to crawl through the biblical text and determine how each of God's actions were full of Truth and Grace, the 2 characteristics describing Jesus in John 1:14,17.
We often think that God was 'justice' in the Old Testament and was 'love' in the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth. I hope this series will help show that God never changed and was equally Truth and Grace from the very beginning.
Truth was God's standard, Grace gave man choice
Truth saw that wickedness of man was great on the earth, Grace grieved
Truth pronounced judgement on all living things, Grace found favor in Noah
Truth gave Noah specific instructions, Grace gave him promises
Truth applied the judgment and made it rain to drown all living things, Grace waited for the ark to finish and be full, and closed the door behind Noah and his family
Truth killed all living things, Grace saved Noah, his family and the animal species
Truth surrounded Noah with rain and water, Grace remembered him, restrained the rain, gave him an olive-leaf, dried up the earth and made it livable
Truth brought Noah to offer a sacrifice of clean animals, Grace accorded favour to Noah and promised the earth's continuity
Truth established its initial laws, Grace established its covenant and made the rainbow its symbol
Truth found Noah naked, Grace had 2 of his sons cover him
Truth applied Noah's curse to Ham and Canaan, Grace multiplied the sons of Noah on the earth and gave them the land
We have needs... deep-seeded needs that motivate us to seek out, create, think, act, and respond. They are the reasons we do what we do.
4 end-games nourish our fleshly motivations.
1. We seek to be recognized and admired : Glory
2. We seek to be in control : Power
3. We seek to have the means to acquire what we want : Riches
4. We seek to have fun in what we do : Pleasure
Nothing is inherently wrong with seeking these things, but far too often, these needs become our main drive and focus. We then forget what the source of ultimate satisfaction is - which ultimately leads to bad choices.
It's fascinating for me to see how Grace is the source of all of those needs.
How Grace is the source of our glory: Pr 21:21, 2Cor 1:12, 2Thess 1:12, Jer 9:23-24
How Grace is the source of our power and strength: Ps 86:15-16, 89:17, Heb 13:9, 2Tim 2:1, 2Cor 12:8-9, 1Pet 5:10
How Grace is the source of our riches: Pr 22:1, 1Cor 1:4-5
How Grace is the source of our pleasure: Acts 11:23, 2Cor 9:8, (Comfort 2Thess 2:16-17, Heb 4:16)
Paul actually defines himself by that one simple thing. After living a full life of ministry, having much to boast about, he tells us what he wants on his proverbial tombstone: 1Cor 15:10
I seek approval from who ? Grace gives it
I seek pleasure from where ? Grace supplies it
I want to accomplish what on my own ? Grace provides what I need to do it
I want to brag about what ? Grace did it all
I want to get out of my funk how ? Grace is the way
Grace. It's all I need.