Talking About Grace

Having read this I must share it for it explains John 1:16-17 and the grace that is spoken of in these two verses.

“Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” – John 1:16,17

We learn two things about God’s grace in these verses. First, we learn about the completeness of God’s grace. The word “fullness” means “being filled; completeness; abundance; a fulfilling.” This speaks of the sum total of the attributes and power of Christ. Out of God’s inexhaustible supply of resources, He gives believers all they need. Moses gave the Law to highlight the reality of sin, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. If God dealt with us according to the Law alone, we could not survive. But on the Cross, Jesus’ sacrifice and blood met all of God’s demands. In the Law, every animal sacrifice was an expression of God’s grace, but in Jesus, we have the grace of God in its completeness. The abundant supply of this grace will never be diminished because we receive “grace for grace.”

Second, we learn about the coming of God’s grace. The Law was more impersonal than grace is. The Law was carved into cold tablets of stone, but grace came to us in the incarnate Son of God. Jesus had to come to earth as He came (born of a virgin) in order to be what He was (a perfect man). He had to be what He was in order to do what He did (die to save us). He had to do what He did so that we might have what He has (eternal life that we lost in Adam). And we must have what He has in order to be what He was (a perfect man). Praise God that grace and truth came to us through Jesus Christ!

Prayer: God, when I was drowning in an ocean of sin, Your grace rescued me. When the road to You was too long and winding for me to travel, Your grace came and delivered me. When there is a great chasm between who I am and who I want to be, Your grace bridges the gap. Your grace has made me what I otherwise could not be. I love You and thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

From The One Year Devotional Prayer Book – Volume 2

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