He Is the Same God

The transcendent and intimate God of Genesis 1 and 2 and the same God who walks alone and handpicks Perez to carry the promise; the same God who cares for Rahab, provides for Ruth, and values all the undervalued women who help the sea part in two; yes, the God who camps in a tent for hundreds of years, who uses a tongue-tied murderer and a music-writing murderer and a Philistine-loving murderer to build a kingdom.  He’s the same God who rescues Ezekiel’s abandoned child and purchases Hosea’s whore – the same God who hangs on a tree with a spike driven right through each of His tatooed hands.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 164-165

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

Sin is Not Just About Our Thoughts, Actions or Failing to Meet Some Standard

Sin is therefore not just our wicked thoughts and actions that break God’s laws; it is not just failing to meet up to God’s expectations for us; it is a posture and a commitment to turn away from the living God to run after other things and bow in worship to them.  God hates sin and told Adam that the consequences of sin would be death (Genesis 2:17)

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 99