This is what God gave me today in His word:
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:5-8)
The LORD saw that the wickedness of human-kind was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made us, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out those whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Christ found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Explanation of the transquote:
Human-kind in general is, by nature, evil. Now, a multitude of people have taken that information, turned around, and left before they could hear the second part: yes people come out kicking and screaming, yes we all have a sinful nature, up and until Christ saves us. After that, our sinful nature is as dead as a man crucified on a cross. — God requires death for sin. That’s also true: another thing that’s true, is that God always gets what He wants. And if, therefore, death is required for sin, death there shall be… But Christ found favor in God’s eyes. Now that’s a profound statement. –To quote myself for a minute here:
“You can just stick that saying, “But God” or, “But Jesus” onto just about everything: We were Spiritually dead, but God brought us back to life through Jesus! The church was going to split, but God kept it together by letting us realize we shouldn’t argue, but instead should be focusing around the Gospel! We were going to divorce, but God brought us back together by fellowship around Jesus! Someone else was going to get elected, but God got Newt elected! And so forth.”
God saw that we were wicked, therefore we had to die. Except, then Jesus stepped in front of us, took all our sin onto Himself, and died in our place. Christ’s sacrifice of Himself was pleasing to God, and He accepted it on our behalf: He found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
So now we’ve explained the transquote; but how do we prove it? Once again, we need to look both for New Testament confirmation and context confirmation:
New Testament confirmation:
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11-13)
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (Genesis 6:3-4)
These verses support that there needs to be a penalty for sin: death. As this is the Old Testament, it doesn’t yet show how the price of sin is paid for us (through Jesus and His death for us), but it does tell us there must be a payment for wrong-doing.
You are Loved!