Living in awe of the grace of God should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Jesus Christ. But in order to truly experience the awesomeness of God’s grace, we must first understand the consequences of sin and the justice of God.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve every good thing they needed. There was only one thing that was forbidden, and that was to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would die. Still, they wanted the one thing that was forbidden them, and they ate the forbidden fruit.

They disobeyed God and sinned. The stated consequence was death. God’s justice requires that sin be judged. It is only in the context of God’s righteous judgment of sin that you can appreciate, understand, and be exhilarated by the grace of God. The modern-day deception of Satan is to deny the existence and the consequences of sin. If there is no sin, there is no need for grace. But friends, the consequences of sin are real and endure eternally if left without atonement.

Adam and Eve did not die immediately. God’s grace spared them. They deserved death, but the grace of God gave them life. The justice of God required a covering for their sin, and the grace of God shed innocent blood to provide that covering—pointing to a Savior who would ultimately come as the perfect sacrifice—the perfect, eternally sufficient atonement—for sin.

Prayer: Father, help me to never take Your grace for granted. Thank You that, even though I don’t deserve it, You extend grace to me, as You did to Adam and Eve. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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