For our Bible reading today, read this amazing passage from the Amplified Bible:
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). John testified [repeatedly] about Him and has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favour upon favour, and gift heaped upon gift]. For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favour of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father]” [John 1:14-18].
This passage of Scripture is so overwhelmingly full of truth. It almost seems like sacrilege to comment upon it. Read it over and over again! Here we see Jesus Christ exalted. Here, out of Christ’s fullness, we find grace upon grace and God’s unlimited and undeserved favour poured out upon us. Here also we see Jesus revealing God the Father to us, so that we can understand His essence and His divine nature. John the Baptist is mentioned here but almost fades into insignificance as he speaks about Jesus!
Perhaps one thing to emphasize today is that both grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Grace can never be divorced from truth. If it is then the liberty that grace brings becomes licence! There are some people who teach that you can do as you please because you have received grace. We do not now live by the Law but by the Spirit who writes God’s Law in our hearts. Augustine said, “Love God and do as you please.” That is true, but when you love God you will only want to do what pleases Him, and that will always be truth. To be full of grace and truth means to be absolutely free of deception!
Throughout John’s Gospel we see grace and truth together. It does not deny sin, but it brings forgiveness and freedom. Ask the woman at the well [John chapter four]. Ask the lame man in the pool of Bethesda [John chapter five]. Ask the woman caught in the act of adultery [John chapter eight]. Ask a grateful Mary of Bethany [John chapter twelve]. Ask doubting Thomas [John chapter twenty]. Ask a broken, wounded Simon Peter [John chapter twenty-one]. Tomorrow we will hear an up-to-date testimony of grace and truth.
What spoke to you most of all as you read the Bible passage today?
How do you see grace and truth working together in your life? In what way should grace and truth permeate our relationships with other people? If you have had wrong relationships would you ask God’s forgiveness today?