John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
When the Word was made flesh, He, Jesus, dwelled among men. As He dwelled among men, something became clear to them. They saw “His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.” Jesus, the Word made flesh, carried with Him, on Him, and in Him the manifest glory of God. And because, at that time, Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, walking perfectly in the will of His Father, imagine the greatness, the dynamic, the power, the awesomeness of that glory. We will discuss that in a later edition of our Second Miler, but today we will look at a wonderful characteristic of that glory. It was “full of grace and truth.” Let’s take a deeper look.
“Grace and truth” are tied inextricably together. I am not writing about natural grace or truth, but of the supernatural grace of God that only comes through faith, and the supernatural truth of God’s Word that is eternally fixed, unchangeable, and unalterable. From a Biblical perspective, “grace” can be accurately defined as that gift from God that makes up what is lacking in a man to put that man on a working par with Jesus. Think of it in this manner. Note that we are saved “by grace THROUGH faith.” We are to come to the throne of grace boldly to “obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” There are two key phrases here that are necessary to understand the access to and flow of grace. Grace flows THROUGH faith, and while mercy is freely poured out when we come to the throne of grace, grace itself must be FOUND. Please consider these truths from the Word of God. For grace to have its place and do its work, it must be found in an atmosphere of faith through which it can flow. When you need grace manifest in your life, make sure you have a sure foundation of the Word of God by which a faith foundation can be established.
Now we come to “truth.” I am not speaking about what so many would call truth as they speak with accuracy about current facts. My friend, facts can change. Real truth NEVER changes. Regardless of the age, the culture, the circumstances, or ethnicity, real truth NEVER changes. Jesus, the Word made flesh said He was “the way, the truth, and the life.” That being said, we can only conclude that God’s Word is THE TRUTH. Anything less than that is, at best, suspect, for it can never achieve the standard established by the infallible Word of the living God. These are the elements, “truth and grace” that fill the glory of God. Today I ask you once again. Where is the glory?
Manna for Today – John 1:1-14; John 17; 1 John 5:7; Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14; Romans 1:16; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 10:6-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 5:18; Mark 13:31; Hebrews 4:16