Full of Grace and Truth
As believers, we all want to be like Jesus. That is what it means to be a Christian. So what was He like? The Apostle John gives us that answer in John 1:14:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (NKJV).
Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” So as believers and as Christians, we too should be full of grace and truth. We are not just to exemplify grace and truth; we are to overflow with grace and truth.
The problem is that some of us believers overdo truth, or maybe we just underdo grace. Either way, we begin to think that just because we happen to excel at one point in our Christian walk that means we are experts and should dictate to others how to live. We reason that if others would listen to truth and obey it then they too will become great Christians like us. So we forget about humility, and we forget about the grace that God poured out on us. And instead, we pursue them with the “standard of truth.” And here is that crux of the problem: without grace, truth becomes perverted. Without grace, our “standard of truth” is simply just legalism. It is a form of intolerance.
Others of us underdo truth. We attempt to show grace to others without pointing them back to God’s truth. But grace without truth is not really grace; it is just a different kind of perversion. It is a mutant-grace which our world prefers. Grace without truth is really just tolerance.
Jesus was full of both grace and truth. That is 100% grace and 100% truth. We must deliver both, maybe not at the same time, but definitely both. By displaying the grace of Christ, we can provide an opportunity for the truth of God’s Word to sink in and for the Holy Spirit to bring about conviction.
Jesus was full of grace and truth. We too must be full of both grace and truth.