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In a discussion in chat, someone commented that she thought grace was first seen with Noah. With her permission, I wanted to explore that further on the forums. Does anyone recall an instance prior to Noah where someone found grace with the Lord?

 

Genesis 6

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
 

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Heb 11:5-6
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God took him up;
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Job 42:8 God did not deal with Job's 3 friends according to their folly because Job prayed for them. v.10 God restored to Job twice as much as he had before. But I have no idea when it took place.
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There are no scripture prior to Noah that tells that a man found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  But we do know that there was grace available to mankind.  It is my belief that Adam was the first person to find God's grace in the earth as God forgave him (hence grace) for his transgression for eating of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God also afterwards made a covering out of animal skin which I believe covered both his physical and spiritual nakedness before God. 


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Yes, when sinners are forgiven.


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There are no scripture prior to Noah that tells that a man found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  But we do know that there was grace available to mankind.  It is my belief that Adam was the first person to find God's grace in the earth as God forgave him (hence grace) for his transgression for eating of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God also afterwards made a covering out of animal skin which I believe covered both his physical and spiritual nakedness before God. 

the Bible states that Enoch was taken up by faith......    is that not grace??


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There are no scripture prior to Noah that tells that a man found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  But we do know that there was grace available to mankind.  It is my belief that Adam was the first person to find God's grace in the earth as God forgave him (hence grace) for his transgression for eating of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God also afterwards made a covering out of animal skin which I believe covered both his physical and spiritual

nakedness before God. 

the Bible states that Enoch was taken up by faith......    is that not grace??

 

 

 

Yes absolutely it is grace.  As Enoch walked with God and was not.  Enoch by faith had a relationship with God during his life time on this earth and lived a righteous life and he bulit a city.     But as far as the word "grace" itself being used and seen in the scriptures for the first time there is no record of it being used prior to Noah.   But there was still grace from the beginning of time that could be obtained.  Even Cain could have repented of the evil within his heart to murder his brother Abel.  God even confronted him and told him that if he did well then his offering would be accepted and if not then sin lyeth at his door.  Cain chose not to repent and walk with God by faith and as a result he carried out the sin within his heart and murdered his own brother in the field.  Grace has always been available from the beginning and God's forgiveness, love and mercy have been there from the beginning of time as well.  But the word "grace" is not seen mentioned in the Bible until it is mentioned in reference to Noah finding grace in the eyes of the Lord. 


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In a discussion in chat, someone commented that she thought grace was first seen with Noah. With her permission, I wanted to explore that further on the forums. Does anyone recall an instance prior to Noah where someone found grace with the Lord?

 

Genesis 6

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

 

Adam and Eve first experienced the grace.  They found grace in God's eyes when God killed an animal to make them skins as a covering, they found grace when God promised them a Redeemer.  They found grace when God didn't destroy them, when God had every reason to do so.  They deserved to die but they found grace in God's eyes and He had mercy on them and allowed them to live.


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I also believe that GOD first act of grace was to offer a sin covering to Adam and Eve.


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Grace is the abundance of God that He gives to man simply because He loves us. Therefore, I believe grace was reflected in God's love for Adam.


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any scriptures where Grace is first used. WHat I am getting at is that the first time the word Grace is used is in the verse that Jade posted. I am sure it was shown before then but a pastor pointed it out in a  sermon a while back that the first time you see the word Grace or favor is in Gensis 6.


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any scriptures where Grace is first used. WHat I am getting at is that the first time the word Grace is used is in the verse that Jade posted. I am sure it was shown before then but a pastor pointed it out in a  sermon a while back that the first time you see the word Grace or favor is in Gensis 6.

That may be the first time the word "grace" is used, but that is not the first time the grace of God was in operation.   Grace was in operation from the beginning.


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My new understanding of the meaning of grace is that it is God extending His finger or Spirit to mankind, so that mankind could through His finger or Spirit do what is usually impossible for man. The emphsis here is that it is still mankind who does or works, but s/he works or does by employing the power or grace of God.

 

The common understanding that Christians have about grace is that mankind is in passive mode, while God does everything. That is why the grace of God is not making people perfect in character today. Yet people are expecting pretribulational rapture to take place any moment from now. Could imperfect people be admitted into heaven?


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His finger

This is so interesting to me. I've never heard this before. Can you tell me where you got this understanding?


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His finger

This is so interesting to me. I've never heard this before. Can you tell me where you got this understanding?

 

 

 

Im guessing from michelangelos sistine chapel painting.


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When Cain cried out to God, God responded with grace in marking him. (Gen 4:13-15)

I'd say that is grace.

I also see it in God's response to Adam and Eve, in reaching out in relationship (as per my post on God's first reaction).


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When the Lord did not destroy Adam and Eve, that was grace. Instead He shed the blood of animals to clothe them with skins, a picture of being covered with Christ Who died for us. I think that death was also grace, for it is the means of getting rid of the sin nature (he who has suffered in the flesh, has ceased from sin).
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Finger of God is mention at least twice in Scriptures

Luke 11:20, in which Jesus referred to the power by which He casted out demons.  Hence we see God's Grace and the human race deliverance from the bondage of sin thru Jesus Christ.

 

The magicians speak of it, when noting to Pharaoh that it was God power that Moses was operating in, Exodus 8:19; see also Psalms 8:3.   Hence we see God's Grace in delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt.

 

 

IMO, this is why Noah is the first one mention to find grace.  Just as Moses preached to the Jews their deliverance from bondage in Egypt, so we as Christians have deliverance from sin's bondage by Christ Jesus.  We also see that Noah made an attempt to preach unto the ungodly they just would not listen, II Peter 2:5.  God was willing to grant grace unto many but just 8 souls heeded the message,  But God is so powerful yet so meek that He will supply our need thru His Son Jesus Christ but will give us free choice of rather we want/need it or not.


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