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Heaps of grace | John 1:14-18

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

John 1:14-18 (NLT)

Another pass

After re-reading this passage and the commentaries, this passage needs at least one more stroll through. Yesterday we focused on the incarnation and how Jesus revealed God. We also want to see: 1) Jesus dwelt among men, 2) He revealed God’s glory, 3) Jesus brings grace.

Dwelt/dwells among us

The word John uses here for “made his home” is σκηνόω (skēnoō – to live in a tent). Jews knew exactly what this referred to. In the wilderness, God’s presence was in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:8) and the tent of meeting where Moses met with God (Exodus 33:7, 9).

As believers, it happens now as the precious Holy Spirit dwells in us. And it will happen again Rev 21:3 when, “the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them”.

Glory revealed

Where God is, His glory is. Jesus is God. He came to earth. They beheld His glory: at the transfiguration (Luke 9:32); at His miracles (John 2:11); at His baptism as Peter records in 2 Pet 1:16-17.

Heaps of grace

John stresses grace; it’s used 4 times in the ESV. The ESV of v 16 says, “grace upon grace.” Unlimited grace. Abundant grace. More than enough. “God’s grace to His people is continuous and is never exhausted. Grace knows no interruption and no limit.” (enduringword.com quoting Morris)

Find the balance. We don’t want to mis-use His grace and abuse it. Conversely, we need to take advantage of it, to draw from it. When the enemy tells us tells us we sinned, we agree then call for grace. We also need to recognize that grace abounds around us. Look for it.

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