In my previous post, I was telling you about a man who loves you enough to die for you.
His name is Jesus, and He loves you unconditionally, and so does His Father, God. That's why God sent Him.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about who God is. A lot of things that Christians say and do don't always line up with who God is, or what the Bible says about Him. Even commonly known Bible stories in their pop culture versions, often leave us with a skewed view of who He is.
The closer I get to Him, and the more I read His Word, the Bible, the more I understand how much He loves me, and you, unconditionally, from the beginning.
Do you know that God knew who you were going to be, and all of the things you were going to do before He even created the World?
Jesus knew the plan before creation. He knew that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew that we all would. He knew that the only way to redeem us was to die a brutal torturous death on the cross for us.
And He did it anyway
He created us anyway
I don't know if you have read the Genesis account of creation and Adam and Eve, but I'm sure you have at least heard about it, or know the story. As Christians it's easy to gloss over reading it because we've read it before, and we know the story. Would you be willing to take a new look at it with me, believe He has something more to reveal?
As non-believers, it's easy to use the creation account as part of the reason for not believing. You were probably taught in school (as I was) that the Biblical account of creation is not true. Maybe we'll discuss that in another post but for now would you humor me, and suspend your disbelief, as we take a fresh look at the Beginning?
Maybe when you read or hear the story, you imagine God as angrily screaming at them, and banishing them from the garden for breaking His one and only rule. Maybe you wonder, why did He even put that tree there in the first place?
I know I did. God created Adam and Eve. He gave them one rule. They broke it. He got mad, cursed and banished them, and then He had to come up with a plan to fix it. Right?
Upon closer examination, study, and deepening my relationship with Jesus, I have come to believe that is not how it happened at all.
What if we read Genesis 1-3 through the lens of Grace? What if we read it, viewing God as a loving Father, not an angry, distant being? One who wants to protect us, give us abundant life, and bring us back into a full, loving relationship with Him. One who wants the best for us, and more than that, can and will give us a life better than we can ever imagine.
That is what I would like to do for the next few posts. Because if we really want to understand who He is; if we really want to see that all of those things I said in my last post are true, we need to go back to the beginning, to where it all started.
For now, I'll leave you with this from Genesis 2:
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'" Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV, emphasis added)
You see, God doesn't say "if you eat of it." He says "when you eat of it." He knew. He knew that Adam and Eve were going to eat it. He knew they were going to introduce sin into the world. He knew they were going to break His heart.
He created them anyway
He knew all of the sins that I was ever going to commit.
He created me anyway
He knew all of the sins that you were ever going to commit.
He created you anyway
Because your worth to Him, and His love for you are not based on your performance. He loves you unconditionally.
No Matter What
Go back and read that again. Let it sink in. Your worth is not based on your performance. You are valuable simply because you are.
Would you come back next time and keep exploring the grace that's found in the garden, with me?
In the meantime, if you want to read Genesis 1-3 you can do so here. And pray that God will open our eyes to who He really is, and who we are in Him.
Thanks for reading. I love you all. Have a great day, and live in the truth that you are so vaulable.
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