From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16, 17
This is so true. It is by His grace we have all been saved but not all have been set free, John 8:36. Why? Many people are still confused over the grace message. No one who teaches true grace will ever not say something is wrong or a sin or condone it. Even Paul who says grace abounds over sin, says God forbid we sin more to have more grace.
Grace is still thought of as something to be earned by a lot of people, myself included at times. When I failed to receive from Jesus, I thought it must be my fault. Thankfully, the grace was in a sermon that freed me. 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 1:14, I have seen the Spirit, full of grace and truth a a few believers I’d like to see it in more.
People think the way Jesus uses charis of chen for grace is different to Paul. I suppose you can argue that, but it was Jesus who spoke to Paul and caused His conversion. Certainly, He could explain grace and allow the Holy Spirit whom He had sent in His stead to continue revealing grace and truth. After all He was full of grace and truth.
If salvation is a gift, why not grace? It is grace by which we are saved, surely we didn’t deserve grace either. Do we pay for our own gifts or just say thank you? If salvation is a gift, why are we not just thankful and doing the works He prepared from the beginning instead of worrying about how to pay for it? Or working for something He already given us by being crucified in our place?
Paul can get criticized, he’s in good company with Jesus, I have had my share, I wouldn’t have thought I would rank that high, but the enemy would destroy anything he can’t have and he has no grace, no way of being redeemed. And he has no rest, no peace, no anointing. Paul is in no way Anti Semitic, he was a Jew who oversaw the murders of Christians, but came to a face to face encounter that knocked him of his horse, though others could not see Jesus or hear the voice from heaven, Saul, before his name was changed, to Paul, which actually means small, or possibly humble which is a good thing. Remember Saul, the Old Testament king, head and shoulders above them all, and still afraid of Goliath.
So I can honestly say or truthfully say that Jesus who brought grace and truth, and gave us the Spirit of truth made sure, Paul, who was writing, by that same Spirit, was getting it right. Paul only encouraged the believers not to return to their old ways, they did not need to sacrifice again. Jesus was it. He knew trying to earn their way to heaven would bring condemnation and Jesus did not do that Romans 8:1.
People will cling to the Ten Commandments which are the law, given by Moses. And overlook the new commandment to love God and one another, in effect, keeping all ten, the grace and truth of Jesus who fulfilled it, not broke, all the laws and the prophets.
Yes, Paul refers to it as the ministry of death. Three thousand died back then but three thousand were saved when He poured out His Spirit at Pentecost, shouldn’t the Spirit make our faces shine like Moses? If many were saved then, shouldn’t many more be saved by the ministry of the Spirit?
And why, grace? Grace for Gentiles, grace taught to sinners, grace and truth, grace upon grace , and even grace and peace. If the message of grace brings peace to your heart, and He left us His peace in John 14:27, then I am thankful for it, it set me free from years of struggling to have enough faith to please Him.
Because He is love, I had it by grace, it is grace that sets you free, grace in the person of Jesus, and He brought us grace and truth. He is full of grace and truth. Rebecca Jones / pexels