God’s grace in every book of the Bible

Dane Ortlund:

. . .  Yet underneath and undergirding all of these, it seems to me, is the motif of God’s grace, his perplexing favor and love to the undeserving. Don’t we see the grace of God in every book of the Bible? (NT books include the single verse that best crystallizes the point.)

Genesis shows God’s grace to a universally wicked world as he enters into relationship with a sinful family line (Abraham) and promises to bless the world through him.

Exodus shows God’s grace to his enslaved people in bringing them out of Egyptian bondage.

Leviticus shows God’s grace in providing his people with a sacrificial system to atone for their sins.

Numbers shows God’s grace in patiently sustaining his grumbling people in the wilderness and bringing them to the border of the promised land not because of them but in spite of them.

Deuteronomy shows God’s grace in giving the people the new land “not because of your righteousness” (ch. 9).

Joshua shows God’s grace in giving Israel victory after victory in their conquest of the land with neither superior numbers nor superior obedience on Israel’s part.

Judges shows God’s grace in taking sinful, weak Israelites as leaders and using them to purge the land, time and again, of foreign incursion and idolatry.

Ruth shows God’s grace in incorporating a poverty-stricken, desolate, foreign woman into the line of Christ.

1 and 2 Samuel show God’s grace in establishing the throne (forever—2 Sam 7) of an adulterous murderer.

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Pseudo-Kings

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Paul Tripp: "As pseudo-sovereigns, we hate waiting, disappointment, obstacles, and failure. We struggle to accept the fact that these things exist in a world that is under the wisest and most benevolent rule possible. C. S. Lewis comments that a hardy belief in the truths of Christianity actually makes your experience of pain more painful. It is bad enough to have to endure pain, but as a believer you must say that it was not an accident and that it was sent by a God who declares himself to be good!" Read the rest.

New Book

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I just received Complete in Him, A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel, in the mail. I stumbled upon it through someone mentioning what a blessing it was to them and that it was now back in print for a limited time, so I grabbed it and have skimmed it and looked through the chapters and appendices so far. I think I can already say that this is an invaluable resource to deepen my love for Christ’s work on my behalf. Let me share the chapter titles and subthemes:
1. Condemnation: The Need of the Gospel
     Sinners are Spiritually Dead, Morally Corrupt, and Justly Condemned
2. Christ: the Essence of the Gospel
     Key Aspects of Christ’s Humiliation & Exaltation
3. Conversion: The Response to the Gospel
     The Components, Positive Side, and "Negative" Side of Conversion
4. Regeneration: New Life in the Gospel
     The Definition and Exposition of New Life
5. Union with Christ
     United to Christ Representatively, Mystically, Vitally, Intimately, and Eternally
6. Justification: The Legality of the Gospel
     The Meaning of, Need for, Grounds of, Result of, and Means of Justification
7. Reconciliation: The Peace of the Gospel
     The Necessity, Character, and Results of Reconciliation
8. Adoption: The Privileges in the Gospel
     Definition of Adoption and the Development of the Doctrine
9. Sanctification: The Effect of the Gospel
     The Principle of, Problem for, Provision for, Performance of, and      Pattern for  Sanctification
10. Glorification: The End of the Gospel
     The New Body and a New Standard of Living
11. Assurance: The Enjoyment of the Gospel
     The Objective Basis for and Subjective Experience of Assurance
12. Conclusion
13. Appendices

     Justification and Sanctification
     Who Fought the Battle of Jericho?
     Union with Christ: The Ground of Sanctification
     God’s Law: The Absolute Standard for Ethics

The given revelation is a means toward an end, and God is the end, not the text itself. That’s why I never fight over a translation and get all worked up and steamed up over it. A text is a means to an end.

A.W. Tozer

"The Bible is richer than any single version can fully show." – Amy Carmichael