As the Scriptures say (2)
Grace and truth
And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-17)
We are beneficiaries of the fullness of Christ Jesus. The fullness of Christ Jesus is neither against nor for any religion, including Christianity. It rather is always for all peoples, regardless of their cultures and religions.
And from his fullness
1. Jesus as the Logos is full of grace and truth (John 1:14)
2. Besides, He being the Logos is fully God (John 1:1)
3. The fullness of Jesus Christ therefore has everything to do with who He really is
a. He is dynamically gracious and faithful/truthful
b. He is ontologically divine in every sense of the word
4. Everything else stems from who He is
We have all received, grace upon grace
1. We have received grace – one after another
2. ‘Grace upon grace’ has the idea of overabundance
a. God’s grace of care manifests (Matt. 5:45)
b. God’s grace of blessings abounds (Eph.1)
For the law was given through Moses
1. The law indeed was given through Moses at Mt. Sinai
2. Decalogue is the sum of all the laws given
3. The law was part of God’s grace
It was given to the people of Israel for their own sake after their being delivered from Egypt.
4. The law was part of God’s truth
It revealed the holiness of God (and the sinfulness of humanity).
Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ
1. Grace – the whole grace of God – comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ
a. Grace not only brings us salvation (Titus 2:11) but also empowers us to work out our salvation(1Cor.15:10)
b. It is through grace that we are capable of believing in and suffering for Jesus Christ (Phil.1:29)
2. Truth –the entire truth of God – comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ
a. Jesus the personal truth of God not only reveals who God is, but also enables us to walk worthy of the Lord our God.
b. Jesus as the truth not only reveals that we are sinners, but also saves us the sinners.