Have you ever thought about how creation and grace are connected? I mean, other than the fact that once creation was completed, grace was ready (and needed) to take the stage? I hadn't thought about it too much before until recently either.
I should preface this post with this: I don't have the education or intellectual capacity like legitimate theologians and pastors do, and I'm sure someone else has written on this before me (and most likely done a better job of elaborating on it). But think about this for a moment: if God is timeless and omniscient, then He knew before ever speaking anything into existence that it would suffer from a potentially devastating defect. But the defect wasn't in His creation; it was in how the created ones chose to use and operate that which was created. It would be like the certain drugs or medication that were originally used for good but then were perverted and abused. The product itself carries no negative properties other than abuse potential. God knew this, though, and in His goodness also decided that carrying on with creation was the best possible outcome. How would He account for this flaw then? Grace.
Can you imagine the discussion He might have had trying to solve this problem? "What shall we do about this rebelliousness that each person will be prone to? How can we honor the created ones with freedom yet still offer the hope of eternity in Heaven without robbing them of that very freedom? Ahhh, I've got it. How about a cross?"
God, being the very definition of selflessness and love in His nature through creation, was also creating with grace in mind. He knew that we would need a Savior, and that only He could do the saving. He knew that if He chose to create, He would also be choosing to allow the possibility of death - including that of His own Son, Jesus Christ. But He also knew that death could not hold Him (more evidence that He is wise and omniscient!). In one act, God was both creating and saving at the same time. What a loving act, to create with His own sacrifice in mind. To bring into existence that which He would forever sustain, even beyond the limitations of the creation, into eternal perfection!
This, brothers and sisters, is the beauty of the Gospel and the gift of both life - both with creation and grace. Let us think this highly of God and of what we have been given, so that our lives may better reflect this gift - or better yet, the very nature of the Giver Himself.
My single greatest joy in life is God. He is my Creator, my Source, and my Life. From Him, through Him, and to Him are all things in my life. I also have a wide variety of interests, from technology to theology to sports to psychology. I love to learn and have a strong desire to "figure things out."