“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 ESV
When we know our Jesus and our Father, truly know him – we understand grace in a way that none of my words can ever explain. It is the heart experience verse knowledge. And no matter how may time we study grace – you will not know until you experience it. None the less I shall continue with study and prayer that I can share this grace with others, if He opens our eyes and understanding and gives us the experience. Amen
Grace is God’s love – the act of His love – it is undeserved favor, love and blessings. He gave ever human enough grace and faith by which to be saved and as soon as we are, grace continues and changes us. Where sin abounds, grace MORE abounds. And when we experience the fullness of God – we are blessed with grace upon grace! Get to know Him – keep your eyes on Him!
Mercy is similar, but mercy is NOT getting what we deserve. Sin deserves death – and by mercy we do not receive death when we confess our sins, ask for forgiveness and repent. Grace is the work of the cross – that God sent His only son to die for my sins before I was even born! But is by grace we are redeemed, by grace we are blessed, by grace we enjoy our relationship with God! By grace we can keep our eyes on Him.
John was originally written in Greek. This phrase is best translated as ‘grace upon grace’ although some Bible translations say ‘grace in place of grace’. I love the passion and poetry of John’s work and can only imagine him having the fullness and experience of grace and just repeating the word as God’s grace overflowed from him: grace upon grace upon grace upon grace upon grace upon grace and upon grace! It is like when we know that we know that we know that we know! Just the overflow of grace!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:1-18 ESV
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 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. 15 (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.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”
John writes the word grace 4 times in the passage.
As we see the passage is a poetic description of Jesus – form the beginning of earth to the end of time. And speaking of time – I could meditate on this passage and write 4 more post about it like the last! But let’s try to keep this down to one post, maybe.
In the beginning was the Word. Jesus is the Word of God. When in Genesis chapter one God said…. God said words. The word. Jesus! It’s a very abstract concept. Especially when in Hebrews 4:12 it says the word of God is sharper than a sword. And Jesus is the word and Jesus is the sword. Jesus is the beginning and Jesus is creation. And the John continues by saying that Jesus is life and Jesus is light. Are we getting an understanding of who Jesus is?
In verse 6 – the Apostle John (the writer) writes about another John – this is John the Baptist. John the Baptist was preaching that the messiah was coming – the savior was on His way. It was necessary to include the witness of John the Baptist – to make sure people understood that John the Baptist was NOT the light (you see John the Baptist still had followers even though when this was written, he had passed away). The Apostle John is also showing how scriptural prophecy was fulfilled pointing to the fact that Christ was indeed the Messiah.
Verses 9-13 explains the reason Jesus came to the world – for the salvation of His People and the Whole world.
Interestingly enough, the people who John was writing to understood that Jesus was a human, some had even seen Him themselves. John here is trying to explain the part about Christ also being God. We have never seen Jesus in the flesh and very much worship Him as a spirit. So, in trying to keep our eyes focused on Jesus: And the word became flesh and dwelt among us!
John the Apostle says “WE” have seen his glory! Glory as the only Son of God! Full of grace and truth. And here, right here, all of his revelation of who Jesus is hits overflowing! He is so full of Jesus at this moment. His understanding is so much it is flowing out of Him.
John basically says, hey guys I saw this! I am telling you – Jesus is Lord! And as added witness he again points out that John the Baptist said so too!
“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. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:14-18 ESV
And from the fullness of Jesus and a deep revelation flowed graced upon grace upon grace upon grace!! The realization that this awesome loving and all powerful God sent His amazing Son, and mankind has the opportunity to have a relationship with him even though we do not deserves such wondrous things! And to top it all off – Jesus love us. Each.
GRACE! Do you yet see why grace is such a big deal? Why I speak of it daily?!
“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. “ John 1:17b ESV
Dear Lord Jesus – Today help us to seek you. To learn who you are. To keep our eyes upon you! Fill us, please, with your fullness that we might experience this grace upon grace, overflowing. Fill us please with your light and let you light rest upon us that we may Lift you up so all men are drawn to you! In your powerful name we pray ~ amen.
~Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you ~
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~ Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!