June 07, 2022 – Tuesday
John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Quick Reminder: While I will jump around from time to time, my goal here is to explore all the instances of the word grace in the Bible. I found three such examples in the Old Testament out of ten. There are 114 such examples in the New Testament, but I am yet unaware of how many will refer to grace as we know it as God’s great favor. Today we look at the second example in the New Testament.
Most of us are likely aware of the first part of our verse for today, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. And we are all aware that the Word that became flesh was indeed Jesus the Christ. But John does not end there in this verse.
Instead, he continued with We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John was among the twelve who most intimately saw the glory of Jesus and who most clearly understood He was the one and only Son of our heavenly Father. John was one of the three who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration as well as one of the three who went with Jesus when He raised a twelve-year-old girl from the dead.
John most clearly understood early on Jesus came from the Father, full of grace and truth. His was the gospel that focused on the deity of Jesus. Consider John 1:1-3, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
But what did it mean to be full of grace and truth? Ellicott’s Commentary tells us, These words do not refer to the “Father,” or to “the glory,” but to “the Word.” The structure of the English sentence is ambiguous, but the meaning of the Greek words is quite clear. They represent a Hebrew formula, expressing a divine attribute, and the passage which is almost certainly present to the thought here is the revelation of the divine nature of Jesus to us.
Bottom Line: Jesus is God and because this is true, we had best listen to all that He has to teach and to pay attention to all that He says.
Prayer: Almighty God, Again, thank You for sending us such information that we cannot deny the deity of Your Son. Thank You for making that so clear. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton