John 1:14 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. (NIV)
Every time I open God’s word, I’m constantly amazed at how God teaches and enriches me. Even familiar passages my eyes perused many times before, give me greater depth of understanding!
Let’s ponder the greatness of today’s verse. The same voice that spoke creation into being became flesh and dwelt among us. God’s same breath that breathed life into Adam’s nostrils, breaths life into us by depositing His own Spirit once we believe. This verse is so central to the gospel. The unity of Father, Son and Spirit comes through clearly, giving us greater understanding of how God is One.
Consider the phrase ‘full of grace and truth”.
Truth says we deserve death for sin. His grace proclaims forgiveness and restoration of relationship between us and Himself. What a glorious balance of love and justice. Sin had to be punished to the upmost. That’s exactly why God came to dwell among us — to deliver us from the tyranny of satan’s reign of sin and death.
I hear ‘love’ thrown around a lot with Jesus’ name. And Yes, God is love, but He is also truth. (John 14:6, 1 John 4:8)
Our loving and Holy God not only rid us of the stain of sin once and for all on the cross. (Colossians 1:22) He doesn’t leave us without hope when we notice we still struggle with sin. He rids us of those sins His way, while building our relationship with Him and His Body, and promises us total holiness. (Ephesians 4:15) What a wonderful love story. True Love.
Love must be consistent with truth, or else it’s just false comfort… or worse, cruel, deceiving love. (Hebrews 12:5-10)
What about loving others? Is it loving to watch someone continue in something that will lead to their detriment, harm or even death? Warnings are generally for our good. Think of a warning in the Bible. We must take God’s warnings not as condemnation, but as grace and truth. (John 3:17) He loves us too much to leave us unchanged by His word. He restores ALL who turn back to Him. (1 John 1:9)
Friend, if there’s an idea, standard or moral in the Bible that challenges you… Seek the Lord. Don’t feel condemned or stuck in a desire that contradicts truth. Don’t abandon your Bible on the shelf because a certain passage makes you feel bad. Rejoice that He challenges and corrects those He loves. Blessed are those who mourn over their sin-nature. (Matthew 5:4) That’s the first step of submission to the Maker who re-makes us!
Dear Father, thank-you for expressly making us to be with You. Thank-you for making a way to return to You, out of Your great love. Guide us to guide others to know Your grace and truth! ~Amen.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
His truth is like light, exposing lies and misunderstandings, see Building a House on Chocolate