Tuesday, September 16, 2008

...the choice before us all.

"Abel brought a blood sacrifice, foreshadowing "the grace that was to come". God accepted Abel's sacrifice, but not Cain's. Cain might have learned from this, as he had clearly seen the right approach from his brother's example. But rather than accept this, he grew surly and eventually killed Abel. Consider that Cain was trying to please God--was he not? -- even though he came before the Lord in error. From this mistake in approach, when Cain refused to receive corrective instruction he indeed found "sin crouching at his door" of an unimaginable sort, just as he had been warned.

For if we are not of the grace of God, then we are on our own and sin "desires to have us" in ways that will lead to various sorts of death. This is the ultimate drama of history, and the choice before us all: It is grace or the law; God's promise or our efforts; life or death."

by Acts 17:11 Bible Studies

4 comments:

RJW said...

Isn't it odd that people will choose Grace for salvation but law for their earth walk? They might get heaven when their earth-suit dies, but they will have hell on earth in the meantime. How heart-breaking!

Craig Glenn said...

Hell on earth a.k.a. "bondage, being controlled, pain, frustration, aggitation, dying to your dreams, no fun, grin-and-bearing it, no freedom to choose, the list goes on and on....and.......on......and............on......and..............on........................and...................on..................and"

jul said...

Well, the most committed and serious Christian strives to die daily...if only we knew how much God abhors death! His purpose for us is life, and death he used only as a gateway into life (to Satan's amazement). If only if only we'd start reading Scripture in context and let the Spirit teach us, open the truth to us...

To think I used to think God was glorified in my hellish earth existance!

Craig Glenn said...

Well said Jul, well said.