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Chickens, Eggs, and Grace

eggWe’ve all heard it. The age-old question.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Honestly, if you started reading this looking for an answer to that question, you may as well stop reading now. What I do want to talk about is grace.

Jerry Bridges says in his book, Transforming Grace,

Christ’s death was aย result of God’s grace; grace is not the result of Christ’s death.

Grace came first. Love came first. Sometimes we think grace started when Christ died, that God was angry at everyone and everything all the time because of sin and depravity. He couldn’t even stand to look at us.

When Jesus died though, many think, the wrath was placated and we could now enjoy a loving Father.

Grace came first.

Why is that so important? God is certainly just and will one day judge every man and woman according to what they’ve done or not done, but if we don’t come to understand (as much as possible) that it was grace and love that caused our Father to send His Son, we’ll carry a fundamental misunderstanding of His nature.

We see the Old Testament is not a story of judgment (as some conclude), but one of grace and love toward His chosen people and even individuals. What happened in the course of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was that a permanent way was opened where those who believe could live in that transformative and life-changing grace.

It opened the floodgates–that no one and nothing can stop.

The reality that He loved you before you were conceived, before you were born, before you took your first step or committed your first of many sins, is important. His infinite grace is always working toward redemption and restoration. Until the time is up, there is still hope.

He just loves you. Christ’s death didn’t simply appease a wrath that was blinding Him toward loving you. He loved you and by His grace, enacted a beautiful, crazy plan. No need to fear, just allow that grace to prevail. You will be changed and you will experience His love.

What do you think? Is this an important distinction? Why or why not?

10 Comments

  1. Can’t say I have ever really considered the distinction. I do like Jerry Bridge’s quote though. That is one powerful quote and so important to realize.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..ForgottenMy Profile

    • Yeah, I thought it was powerful. Thank Bill!

  2. I’m right with you that love and grace existed first. I’ve been reading through the Old Testament recently and have found manifold incidences where God’s grace and love are abundantly evident.
    Great post, Jason!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..God of the ImpossibleMy Profile

    • Funny how certain factors determine how perceive and read these things. Grace is there! God is good, all the time. Always has been and always will be. Thanks Martha!

  3. The more I let the grace of God soak into my soul the more I appreciate the story that tell about it from beginning to end. New Tribes is big on building a firm foundation on the very thing your wrote about…the story of God’s grace since before the foundation of the world was laid by Him. I am working with a young woman who is struggling because her foundation of who God is, who man is, what sin is, and what grace looks like is faulty. I am thinking I will share your post with her. Great truths we need reminding of. Thanks.
    Betty Draper recently posted..SelfieMy Profile

    • That is so encouraging, Betty. People are searching for the Spirit and truth (even as the Father seeks that kind of worshipper). We have to see His goodness! Thank you.

  4. The distinction is crucial. One reason is that without it, the OT seems almost archaic and pointless. I love the stories of grace in the OT and how reading them shows me so much about human nature and God’s grace throughout.
    Kari Scare recently posted..โ€œLife begins at the end of your comfort zone.โ€My Profile

    • True. What’s the point of reading the OT if that’s ‘not who God is anymore.’ He’s gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love--yesterday, today, and forever. Thank you, Kari

  5. With you completely. The sacrifice to our Father for the sacrifice of His perfect Son is something to contemplate. A sure sign of love and grace.

    Oh and by the way, the chicken came first!

    • Yes, Floyd. Meditate and contemplate such amazing love! And I thought the same thing about the chicken. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

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