Is It Necessary to Know the Enormity of Our Sin?

We can never know the enormity of our sin, neither is it necessary that we should.  What we can know is that “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 77

The Declaration Confronting Human Misery and Guilt

As mercy is God’s goodness confronting human misery and guilt, so grace is His goodness directed toward human debt and demerit.  It is by His grace that God imputes mercy where none previously existed and declares no debt to be where one had been before.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 75

Let This Point Soak In

This point needs to soak into your bones, because we have a natural desire to cover our shame with guilt instead of grace.  Guilt drags along behind us like a ball and chain, even though God has shattered the chain with a cross.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 168

Its All Grace

The incarnation is not just a warm-up to the cross and resurrection; it’s an essential part of the drama.  It’s part of God’s tattoo.  God, out of His own free choice (grace), took the initiative (grace) to step down into our humanity (grace) – and not just any part of humanity, but one clothed with humility and shame (grace) – in order to bridge the gap between God and man (grace) and therefore reclaim that genuine relationship He desires with us (grace).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 141

He Has Been There

The incarnation is a powerful demonstration of grace, since it shows that GOd doesn’t care for our needs but loves us to the point of experiencing our needs.  He not only knows our pain, but He has felt our pain.  He not only knows when we feel lonely, discouraged, scared or exhausted – He has been there.  (II Corinthians 8:9)

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 140

The Incarnation Colors Our View of Grace

Jesus didn’t just float through life, scoffing at temptation as though it were spoiled milk.  His obedience was an agonizing trial that He learned through prayer, perseverance and many tears (sound familiar?).  Jesus was human.  The incarnation colors our black and white view of grace.  The incarnation takes Edenic intimacy to new Himalayan heights.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 138-139

 

The Body of Evidence

Jesus came into our world as a man to embody grace.  He left us, the church, to be the body of Christ, not a flock of parakeets that repeat Christian jargon but the ongoing in-the-fresh presence of His grace.  We are the evidence that God’s grace is more than just words.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 125