I have been pondering over this need to fall,fail, sin. When you read the story of the prodigal and compare the two sons, who is the one to experience the Father's love on a deep personal level? The one who fell and failed badly. The other brother remained ignorant of His Father's true nature. I think there is a reason that grace is extended to the humble. They are the only ones capable of receiving it. Maybe this fact also reveals why God subjected humanity to futility. Only by experiencing it do we learn the truth about ourselves and God.
Deena, this post reminded me of a conversation I'd just had with a friend. I sent it to him, and he responded with this;
"AWESOME!!! LOVE THAT!!!!!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!!! U don't know what the Father is really like until you accept His never ending, abounding Grace. SO TRUE! We have people on both sides of the equation that won't accept it... the religious minded who seek to know what God is really like through pleasing Him with their own works in an attempt to generate Holiness/Righteousness. Then you have the unbelievers who either just don't believe and/or are so turned off by the religious minded that they want to have nothing to do with the god they hear about.
There really is no other "message" more relevant to the whole of humanity than this INCREDIBLE Gospel of GRACE!!!l
It is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPT in the HISTORY OF HUMANITY!
Is it any wonder the apostle Paul was generally BESIDE HIMSELF in his writings... coming from submersion in LAW... GRACE was revealed to him in its ENTIRE MAGNIFICENT GLORY!!! IT BLEW HIS MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There he was pursuing Law and KABOOM!!!!!!!!.... He was completely blown away by GRACE!
Grace is impossible!! It can't be real... it isn't "logical"... yet... ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR GOD!! What we could not obtain for ourselves.... HE DID IT FOR US AND GAVE IT TO US FREEEEEEELY!!!
Check this out.... Grace is other-wordly! Embracing it is being HOME!!! You can't believe it or understand or accept it when you try to use your dumb mortal brain that you were born into on this planet!!! ... That brain has been filled with so many man made ideas that seeing Grace through a religious mindset is just impossible... why??... Because It is SPIRITUAL... FROM ANOTHER REALM... THE REALM THAT IS OUR HOME!!!!!!! THE REALM WE ARE FROM!!!!! IT IS THE LOGIC OF HEAVEN!.... GRACE!!!!
Thank you for sending me that!!
God is GOOD!! AWESOME!"
He gets a little excited