God Furiously Pursues Wicked People

The charis of God furiously pursues wicked people.  Charis stubbornly delights in repugnant rebels.  And God’s charis moves Him to descend with joy into the tent so that He can be in an intimate relationship with His image-bearing – albeit calf-worshiping – masterpieces of creation (Exodus 40:34).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 73

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We Have a God Who is Far, Yet Very Near

That’s what Exodus 25-31 is all about.  The details aren’t that exciting.  But the theological point is astonishing.  The instructions to build a tabernacle show that our holy God desires to be in relationship with us – even if it means living in a tent.  We don’t go to God; God comes to us.  We can try to build a tower into heavens to reach Him…um, or maybe not.  We have a God who is far, yet very near.  Transcendent and intimate.  He ventures into our murky space to relate with us.  After all, you’ve got to plunge your hands into the sewage to fix the drain.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 71

This Is Why God Delivers Israel from Egypt

God is transcendent.  He has the raw ability to part seas in two.  God is also intimate.  He’ll bring you through the stormy seas and embrace you on the other side.  He doesn’t  help you see if you first muster the will to help yourself.  God rescues sinners, losers, victims – those who know they can’t help themselves.  And this is why God delivers Israel from Egypt.  Israel is unlovable.  So God loves the Israelites.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 69

Instead of Zapping them With Lightening…

Instead of squashing Adam and Even or zapping them with lightning, Yahweh forgives them.  He then sets up a plan to weed out the cancerous evil that has invaded His creation.  GOd will stop at nothing to fix their mess and relate with them.

So in Genesis 3:15, God promises to redeem the world and bring us back to Eden – that place where Creator and creature live in perfect harmony.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 50

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

Our Forgiveness is Profoundly Supernatural

The miracle of the atonement is that there is  a way for God to be both just and the one who justifies sinners (to paraphrase Romans 3:26).  Mercy and justice met when the sinless Son of God was, impossibly, sacrificed on our behalf.  Our forgiveness as Christians is profoundly supernatural.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 44