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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 ESV

None of us have reached the full measure of Christ as yet, agreed?

That said - Jesus was FULL of Grace and Truth.

That leaves us in one of two conditions.

Either we operate out of a graceless truth, or a truthless grace.

OK - that’s probably extreme - perhaps you’re not graceless, simply grace-challenged. Maybe you ace grace, but go easy on truth.

Much is said today about having a balanced life. But the Word does not say Jesus walked in a balance of grace and truth. It doesn’t even say he operated out of a tension between grace and truth.

He was FULL of grace and truth.

He is the greatest expression of God’s grace in history, yet His own confession was “I am the Truth.”

My simple prayer today is:

Lord, teach me to walk full of grace and truth. Fill me with Your grace. Overwhelm me with Your truth.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Keep the light on.

Ben

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For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. - John 1:17 NASB

God gave the law to Moses as the opening gambit of a plan to reconcile man to Himself, but it was never the whole plan.

Paul tells us the law was weak because man’s flesh was weak.

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, - Romans 8:3 NASB

As I read this verse in John this morning I was struck by the word “realized.” Verse 14 tells us that Jesus was the Word and He was “full of grace and truth.”

Wasn’t the law the word too?

It was only a part of the word!

The word “realized” in the NASB which is more often translated “came” – “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” – has a much stronger meaning. It’s not that grace and truth just arrived, or showed up.

It might be better to say grace and truth culminated in Jesus Christ.

The law made the way for grace by showing us how far we were from the Father.

The law is a fragment of truth, but left us with an incomplete understanding of God.

If we only look at the law, we will never see the true nature of God in all His fullness.

Only by looking at Jesus can we see and comprehend God. God is full of grace and truth – the law is not.

Jesus came to fulfill the law – not to keep it – but to complete its representation of God.

The law is like an abstract line drawing of God, where you can get a sense of His character, but Jesus is a photograph – no – a high-definition holographic – no – He is God in the Flesh. He is the fulfillment of grace and truth.

Jesus is grace and truth ACCOMPLISHED. [Tweet This]

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for stopping by.

Come back any time.

Ben