1. Hello listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you tuned in to listen to this broadcast.
3. If you are joining us for the first time,
4. we are just starting a series of broadcasts on the awesome character of God’s grace.
5. Last time we learned that God is eternal . . . but His grace is not.
6. There is a time coming,
7. when the grace of God will be withdrawn.
8. There is a time coming,
9. when we will have to face God’s judgment of our lives.
10. Therefore, we must receive God’s grace while it can be found.
11. In the last broadcast, we left off with Adam and Eve eating the fruit from the one and only forbidden tree.
12. Everything in the world was theirs except the fruit from one tree.
13. So, what did they do?
14. They ate from that tree!
15. And they started the cycle of temptations that each of us face every single day.
16. But we also learned that the amazing grace of God can release us from these temptations.
17. First, let us look at how some people rationalize their thoughts.
18. First step,
19. “God is not good, if He was good, He wouldn’t tell me not to do something that I want to do.”
20. “God must not want me to be happy.”
21. This leads to the second step.
22. Satan told them that: “God lies.”
23. And Satan tells our generation that the Bible is not true.
24. Satan told Adam and Eve that freedom means going against the command of God.
25. That will lead to the third step.
26. Satan tells our generation that: “Unless I can be free to do whatever I want, I cannot be truly fulfilled in life.”
27. Adam and Eve’s temptation are precisely our temptations today.
28. Their disobedience and fall is a true picture of the state of all human beings.
29. But here is the truth,
30. whether we like it or not,
31. whether we admit it or not,
32. whether we acknowledge it or not,
33. this is God’s universe, and not ours.
34. And God rules in His universe, any way that He wants to rule in His universe.
35. God’s justice requires that sin must be judged.
36. God’s justice requires that sin must be punished.
37. If you really want to understand how that works:
38. refuse to work on the job and see what happens!
39. You will get fired and no amount of excuses will help.
40. God said to Adam and Eve that refusal to do what God said to do would lead to death.
41. and no amount of excuses would help.
42. But both Adam and Eve made excuses.
43. Let’s turn again to the Scripture Genesis chapter 3 beginning at verse 8.
44. My listening friends, do you know what both Adam and Eve’s excuse really was?
45. Do you know whom they were really blaming for their rebellion?
46. Ultimately, they were blaming God for their sin and rebellion and disobedience.
47. Adam said: “the woman YOU gave me made me do it.”
48. And Eve said: “The creature YOU created made me do it.”
49. And we have been making excuses ever since.
50. I am sure that some of you are asking this question by now,
51. “where is that grace that you are supposed to be talking about?”
52. What I am doing is putting up the screen first, in order to project a picture of grace.
53. I have been painting the dark picture of sin before you can see the light of grace.
54. For it is only in the context of sin that grace can be truly appreciated.
55. And that is why Satan’s modern day deception is to blur sin and therefore the need for grace.
56. Here is how Satan works,
57. If everyone says, “Sin is not really a sin, it is just a mistake and who doesn’t make a mistake?”
58. If he can deceive people into believing that God is only merciful and He will go easy on sin,
59. then there is no need for grace.
60. And if there is no need for grace,
61. when we get into trouble, we try to make an excuse.
62. But these excuses won’t help you.
63. Well, first, let’s look at God’s grace in the Garden.
64. And the first thing that you notice is that – Adam and Eve did not immediately die.
65. They did die spiritually,
66. and that is why they were hiding from God.
67. God said that: “The day you eat from the tree . . . is the day you will die.”
68. That is justice.
69. If you break the law, then you go to prison.
70. That is justice.
71. But grace comes in and says, “I will give you time to repent.”
72. Now the God of grace will do even more.
73. He is going to give them time to believe on the Savior that is coming to the world.
74. Today, if you are not a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ,
75. the reason that you are alive right now is so that God might give you an opportunity to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
77. The God of grace promised a redeemer to undo Satan’s deception.
78. Look at Genesis 3:15.
79. Genesis 3:15 is the first announcement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the whole of the Bible.
80. Adam and Eve at the time did not comprehend all that God was telling them,
81. but they understood enough to know that a redeemer was coming.
82. In fact, they thought that their first born was given to them to be the redeemer.
83. That’s why they called him Cain.
84. which means “Here he is!”
85. To their utter devastation, Cain turned out to be the first murderer.
86. It took thousands of years before the redeemer was announced to a virgin in Nazareth.
87. The angel Gabriel told Mary and Joseph to “name Him Jesus,”
88. “because He will save His people from their sins.”
89. That is why Adam named his wife Eve.
90. which means “Life” or “Giver of life”.
92. Because of the promise of God that He will send a life-giving Savior through her.
93. This was Adam’s way of responding to the grace of God.
94. It is as if Adam is saying:
95. “I did not believe your word then but I do believe your word now.”
96. “I did not hold fast to your word then but I will now.”
97. It was the God of Grace who did not let them die as they should have.
98. It was the God of Grace that gave to them promise of a redeemer.
99. And, it was the God of grace who saved our first parents.
100. Let’s look at it in Genesis 3:21.
101. the Lord made garments of skin for them and clothed them.
102. To do that, Adam and Eve had to witness the first slaying of an innocent animal.
103. It was the first animal sacrifice in the history of the universe.
104. The first lesson in grace was that an innocent dies for the guilty.
105. This is the first Biblical glimmer of understanding that the perfect holy sinless innocent Son of God.
106. will die for the guilty sinners who are all of the children of Adam and Eve.
107. It is the garment of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ that will make us acceptable to the Father.
108. It is the garment of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ that will justify us before God the Father.
109. Of course this must have been astonishing to Adam and Eve.
110. The grace of God is always astonishing to those who experience it.
111. Adam and Eve expected to die.
112. Adam and Eve deserved to die.
113. Adam and Eve should have died.
114. But instead . . . they found life.
115. Being surprised by the grace of God should be the story of everyone who has experienced that grace of God.
116. Constantly being awed by the grace of God should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Jesus Christ.
117. What about you, my friend?
118. Have you experienced the Grace of God?
119. Have you confessed your sins?
120. Have you accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as a payment for your sin?
121. You might ask: “How can a sinless man die for me?”
122. “That is impossible.”
123. That is why it is called grace.
124. You cannot pay for it.
125. You cannot achieve it on your own.
126. But God is offering it to you.
127. Will you come to Him
128. And say to him, “Lord, I thankfully accept your grace.’
129. “I repent of my sins.”
130. “I receive your forgiveness.”
131. If you have prayed this prayer, please write to us and let us know.
132. Until we meet again I wish you God’s richest blessing