Bible and Theology
Surprised by Grace
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Nov 11, 2019

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The very first lesson in history on grace was the animal sacrificed to atone for Adam and Eve's sin—here the innocent first died for the guilty. Thousands of years later we see that this sacrifice foreshadowed that of the perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, innocent Son of God, who shed His blood at Calvary so that whoever comes to Him in repentance and faith, believing in Him, will be saved (see Romans 10:9-11).

Leading The Way MY Devotional

The grace of God is always mind-boggling to those who have experienced it.

We are the guilty sinners, and innocent Jesus was slain on our behalf. When Christ died in our stead on the cross of Calvary, He gave all those who believe in Him, all those who follow Him, a garment of righteousness (see Galatians 3:26-27). It is that garment of righteousness that makes us acceptable to God the Father. For, not all the good works in the world could make us pure before God, only the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to you and me.

It must have been a mind-boggling experience for Adam and Eve to witness the slaying of an innocent animal. The grace of God is always mind-boggling to those who have experienced it. Adam and Eve expected to die. Adam and Eve deserved to die, and they should have died. But because of the God of grace, instead they found life.

Being surprised by the grace of God should be the story of everyone who has experienced the grace of God. Being continuously and constantly awed by the grace of God should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your grace. I pray that I would be continuously awed that You sacrificed Your perfect Son so that I could have eternal life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).