Full of grace

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

As of late, I have been on a personal journey to learn more about the Jesus that walked among us. Aside from the modern picture of Jesus that we are typically painted, it is my goal to delve into the depths of Christ’s manhood, as he is both God and man.

Sometimes, though, I forget simply how wonderful of a gift humanity has received in having Jesus step foot on the same ground.

John’s gospel leaves no room for debate when it comes to the grandeur of our Lord and Savior. The famous passage of John 1:1-3 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Whatever this word is, John certainly seems to think very highly of it, going so far as to say that it was God. He later clarifies, however, that the Word is none other Jesus, the second person of the Trinity.

John 1:14 reads, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Eternally existing as the Word, Jesus (meaning “God saves”), was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16) as the Son of God, reflecting the glory of the Father in every way.

Jesus, “being the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3), revealed the characteristics of God through his life and mission. One of the traits that Christ exemplifies is grace.

Psalm 145:8 reads, “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

The major purpose for the coming of Christ was to reveal this truth to the entire world, culminating in the finished work of the cross on Calvary’s hill. What has resulted is God’s grace being extended to all, allowing those who put their faith in the Son to be saved.

Titus 2:11 states, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”

God’s grace is the livelihood of every Christian. Oftentimes, while giving thanks to God, I find myself thanking him simply for his grace and mercy. It is so easy to become consumed with material things—things that we have and do not have—and really miss point.

The fact is, by nature we are all sinners (Romans 5:12) deserving of the penalty for our sin—death. Jesus, however, graciously shared in our humanity that he might destroy him who has power over death: the devil (Hebrews 2:14).

Ephesians 2:1-8 puts into perspective what God’s grace has accomplished in the lives of every believer:

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

It is by God’s grace, and his grace alone, whereby we are saved. Though all of our troubles might not disappear upon becoming a Christian, one thing is for sure—his grace is sufficient.

To keep the Apostle Paul from becoming conceited because of his “surpassingly great revelations,” the Lord sent a messenger from satan in the form of a thorn in his flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7). Though Paul pleaded with the Lord three times to take the thorn away, God did not. Instead, the Lord said this: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

No matter what it is that we experience in life, God’s grace is sufficient through it all.

In lack, it is sufficient.

 In hunger, it is sufficient.

In hardship, it is sufficient.

In suffering, it is sufficient.

Jesus, himself, teaches us this lesson in that he endured all of these things. He gives a constant illustration of his grace towards us throughout his ministry, whether he is forgiving sins (John 8:1-11) or giving sight to the blind (Mark 10:46-52).

I want to challenge every believer to truly believe God’s grace is sufficient, simply because it is. We have inherited the right to eternal fellowship with God, being spared from the wrath that is to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10) and it is all by his grace.

When you find yourself about to complain because of a temporal circumstance, remember that God has given you saving grace. I sometimes think about those who seemingly have a better lot in life, but have not come to know Jesus.

This makes me all the more thankful, and this is truly God’s will: “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

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~ by christianballenger on January 12, 2012.

2 Responses to “Full of grace”

  1. Well written! Truth!

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