7. The abundance of grace allows me to receive revelation.
This is probably my favorite part! I have been so blessed to have the Bible come alive to me. I am learning everyday… the Holy Spirit has started to instruct me and it’s been incredible.
If you have a Bible around, go grab it… (I’ll wait till you get back)… now turn to John 1.
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 bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(John 1:14-17 ESV)
Often we will hear people comment on the phrase “grace and truth” by saying, “Grace is beautiful, but we need the truth!”
That’s absolutely, positively, 100% and completely correct. Grace is beautiful and we do need the truth.
Jesus was full of grace and truth… so if you want the one true God, the real Jesus… if you’re hungry for the real deal, then you want grace, but you are also eager for the truth.
The question is what is the truth? Looking at verse 17 we can derive that the law and the truth are not necessarily the same thing. Otherwise the scripture would read, “grace and the true law came through Jesus Christ.”
I’m going to take a moment and try to reveal the truth to you. What is the truth?
Look at verse 14… This passage says that the Word became flesh (Jesus) and that He is full of grace and truth. Jesus is full of truth. So we know where truth is, it’s in Jesus. But what is the truth?
Looking on to verse 16… “and from His fullness…” What is Jesus full of? Grace and truth. Continuing to read, “and from His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.”
So if Jesus is full of grace and truth… and from that fullness we receive grace upon grace… what is the truth?
The truth is the truth about God’s grace! The truth is that we need more and more grace. We need an abundance of grace! Hallelujah! Praise God!
So, the past year has been–for me– an incredible year of receiving the grace of God. As a matter of fact, it’s been a great year of seeing that it’s only about Jesus and His goodness… His grace. Without the abundance of grace there is no success in life, no success in living Godly, no success in knowing God. Without grace we are merely servants, but through the abundance of grace we’ve been made joint heirs with Christ… and we are children of the one true God!
So if you’ve wondered why it’s called the gospel of grace, it’s because there is no news like this great news… that God loves us, accepts us and gives us victory in Jesus name!
Continue to renew your mind with the abundance of grace… never grow beyond it, only grow deeper in it! With the abundance of grace you will certainly reign in life.