Both are Essential to God’s Character

God creates (Genesis 1) and God relates (Genesis 2).  Both are essential to God’s character.  We can’t sacrifice either of these truths for the sale of the other.   If we see God only as transcendent, God will seem cold and distant.  And if we see God only as intimate, then we belittle Him – making Him our friend and not our Lord.  The opening chapters of Genesis describe God as both transcendent and intimate.  He’s our King and our Friend.  Though He could annihilate us with His voice (Genesis 1), He gently breathes life into our nostrils (Genesis 2).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 42

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And Because of That, Our Mission Is…

You and I reflect God.  When we look at people, or when they look at us, we see a reflection of the God of Genesis 1.  We are created in His image.  And because of that, our mission is to rule over God’s earth and to be fruitful and fill it.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 37

Grace is Everywhere

Grace is everywhere in the creation account. It’s in the rocks; it’s in the trees; it’s in the sky and under the sea.  Grace is the gift of creation given to humanity.

God gave us creation.  He made a cosmic playground and then told us to play.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 37

Genesis 1 and the Transcendence of God

Every word in Genesis 1 magnifies the transendence of God.  The word transcendence means surpassing, beyond comprehension, or to exceed usual limits.  It insists that God is not part of this creation but sovereign over it.  He’s without peer or competitor, and He alone has the right and power to rule over creation as He sees fit.  This is the God revealed in the opening chapter of the Bible.  When He says,”jump,” planets leap into orbit.  They don’task “How high?”

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 35

Even in Our Darkest Moments

God doesn’t merely forgive us or save us.  He actually enjoys us – even in our darkest moments.  He doesn’t enjoy our sin, but He enjoys us as redeemed image bearers.  Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection enable His pleasure to flow freely to unpleasurable people who have faith in Him.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 31

They Are Chari-less

There are many Christians in the church trying to make God love them.  They spend their lives doing, serving, witnessing, fasting, judging, performing and feeling the unbearable weight of condemnation when they fail at these things.  They are charis-less Christians who atone for their sin by grinding out good works from a checklist.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 28