God Is Full Of Grace
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Since before time began, God was the embodiment of grace. Before any matter ever existed, grace had always been and was perfected invested in the Lord God Almighty. Knowing all that would ever transpire, it took God grace to bring it into existence, knowing the pain and hardship that would follow. God’s grace, as a key part of His perfect and defining character, would be fully on display with the fall of humanity into sin, and the subsequent restoration of man through the life, death, and resurrection of none less than the Son of the Living God.
Angels seek to look into these things, for they have not been the recipient of God’s grace. As the recipients of such a magnificent and glorious aspect of the character of God, we too should look into His grace throughout time since God sacrificed an animal for the sin of Adam, and gave a final sacrifice for sin through Jesus Christ.
First and Foremost
As an archetype, Jesus was and will always be the first and foremost in everything, for He was the one who, through His voice, brought all of creation into existence. John the Baptist recognized this, and declared Jesus (his cousin) to be before him, even though John the Baptist was born first into a physical body ,and preached repentance and holiness in preparation for the grace that was to become ours through the perfect and final sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was not the first person to be awakened from his sleep in death (for more information, read up on the lives and deeds Elijah and Elisha in 1 & 2 Kings), but was the first to be transformed through His resurrection into His post-resurrection, perfected human form. Christ was perfect and sinless, and therefore deserves to be the first in all. He has rightly received the title King of Kings and Lord of Lords, for He and He alone did all that the Father desired of Him without ever sinning once.
Grace is Greater
Moses was entrusted with the Law of God, and through him came the other rules through which man may live in relationship with each other and with God. The law is not grace, but rather a perfect litmus test to show us that everyone who was born as the seed of Adam is in need of God’s grace. The law merely points out our need – grace fulfills the need. And it is through the perfect grace of God that we are saved, and not by our own hands, that no one may boast.
Grace is like Bernoulli’s principle and the Law of God like gravity. Gravity is a power force, but Bernoulli’s principle provides a stronger force to overcome it. Grace overcomes the law, and as such is much more powerful. As we set our eyes upon the the beauty of the One who is the embodiment of grace, we should remember that grace triumphs over the law as it is more powerful.
John briefly mentions in this passage the relationship between the Son and the Father, indicating that it Jesus is in the closest relationship with the Father. It is through this amazing relationship that the sacrifice of Jesus that we are able to reap the benefit of God’s grace. Even now, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding in prayer for us. And the glory and the power of grace is being poured out from Heaven upon all who are the recipients of the imputed righteousness of Christ through the incredible relationship that exists between the Father and the Son.
This relationship is so powerful, that we are given the right to become God’s children through adoption. God is not our foster parent; He is our adoptive Father, fully embracing us as His very own children, to participate in His glory and grace and riches. For God owns all that He has created, and seeks to share His wealth with His children as an inheritance that is unequaled.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I growing in my relationship with others as in the same way that God seeks to deepen my relationship with Him?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have prepared everything in advance, and know all things before they happen. You have foreseen my failures, and still love me and seek after me. I thank You for your patience, kindness, mercy and grace. Strengthen me when I fall, and help me to get back up immediately so that I can continue on this arduous journey of life that becomes more difficult with every passing second. The time of the coming of Your Son approaches rapidly, and I seek to be prepared so that when He arrives, You will find Your house in order, and all that You have requested of me will have been accomplished. Forgive me for my sins, and grant me Your mercy and grace, of which I need more of every moment that I grow in You, for as You reveal Yourself to me, I realize more and more just how far I am from the embodiment of holiness that is Your perfect character. This I ask in Jesus’ Holy and Precious Name, Amen.
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