Grace and Truth ~ They Coexist

‎"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.
For from his fullness we have all received, 
grace upon grace." ~ John 1:14, 16

Ever thought about what it means to be full of grace and truth? Or to receive grace upon grace? I tend to focus on the part about Jesus being the Word of God and becoming human. Yet when we look a little closer we see that, though he was the Son of God, he was full of grace and truth. 

How many people of affluence do you know who are gracious? How many stand up for what's right, never wavering, and are full of integrity? Jesus is the Son of God and yet he never considered it a reason to lord it over the rest of humanity. He was full of grace. Yet he was also full of truth. 

What does it mean to be full of truth? Is he full of his own opinions? No. He is full of absolutes - truths that never change. It's comforting to know that there is no variables with God. The truth is the truth is the truth and nothing can or ever will change it. It's solid. It's strong. It's something we can count on. It is, and it is grace exemplified - is it not? 

Verse 16 states that from Christ's fullness of grace and truth we receive grace upon grace. Oceans of grace. Unfathomable grace. Grace without end - covering us no matter the sorrow or sin. Grace that makes all things work together for our good and for his glory.

Grace and truth do coexist. Does this bring you comfort?  

It's a new year...

What will it bring? Do I want to know? If someone had told me at the beginning of last year all that I would have to endure, it would have been too much for me. Yet, I'm amazed how God's grace has carried me through. And that's what I'm depending on to get me through this new year. If there's one thing God has impressed upon me this year, it's how totally sovereign he is and how comforting it is to know he's totally sovereign.

As I go into the new year, I'm reflecting on "newness". Isn't that what trials are all about? To continue growing us and making us more like Christ? I think if I were to have a new year's resolution, it would be that whatever God brings into my life this year, I would trust him through it all - submitting to him and depending on him to carry me through.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has 
passed away; behold, the new has come." 
~2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV