The Word Made Flesh
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
The Word of God is so amazing. It tells us so much, reveals so much. I could study it every day, all day long, all my life and never exhaust its riches. One of the true gems that God showed me in His Word is found right here in John 1. I have highlighted it for you in context. Have you ever wondered why the God of the Old Testament seems so different from the God of the New Testament? Well, I have. The Law was given by God through Moses, and when we understand that the Law was basically given, to teach us that we could never be righteous on our own, it makes more sense. The Law is a constant reminder of our inability to live perfectly Holy lives. “But Grace and Truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” The Law could never have shown us God’s grace, and it was certainly not the whole truth. The Apostle Paul tells us that, “Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after the faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” (Gal. 4:24-25)
The Law as basically given to show us we could never justify ourselves. Grace is given freely by God through Christ, grace is undeserved favor. Grace and truth were only realized through Jesus Christ. I was scared of the Old Testament God when I was growing up. But that’s what it’s like to experience God outside of Grace, outside of Christ. The Old Testament God is the same God, but in the New Testament, He is filtered through the Body, fleshed out so to speak, through Christ. I have never been afraid of Jesus. I now see that I was afraid of the OT God because it’s like approaching God with no clothes on, completely naked. But in Christ, we are wrapped in His own Robe of Righteousness and brought before God, hand in hand with Jesus. Grace and Truth were never realized until they were realized through Jesus Christ. What a Precious and Awesome God we serve. He loved us so much and has explained everything to us in His Word. We just must dig it out, like a Treasure seeker. Truly this was one of the most precious gems I ever found in His Word.
Have a Wonderful Day in Grace and Truth, in Christ Himself
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