Grace is outrageous and scandalous. God extends it out of his love, simply because He is gracious. He would have extended it even if Jesus had not died. The death of Jesus on the cross was because of God’s grace; not the grounds for it.
I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, and also how the first Epistle of John pulls themes from Genesis 4.
My book on the Atonement of God begins with a summary of three views on the atonement, and then I define and defend a fourth view, which is a Non-Violent view of the atonement. Following this, I summarize 10 ways the Non-Violent atonement transforms your theology to look more like Jesus Christ.
The Bible was not written primarily to reveal God to us, but was written to reveal the same thing that Jesus revealed on the cross, which is that we scapegoat people in the name of God. And until we see this, we will never read the Old Testament correctly, nor will we ever understand God properly.