“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 CSB).
The world is in constant flux. Yet something holds it together. The Greeks called this force the logos or word. So the One who holds it all together became a man and lived here among us. The Word became flesh. He didn’t just shout from heaven, but came personally demonstrating grace and truth.
Some get it wrong when they emphasize grace without truth. This leads to relativism. Grace without truth says, “You’re Ok, I’m Ok. Don’t judge me. I’ll live grace out my way, you live it out your way.” Churches can do by this approving all sorts of immoral behavior in the name of God’s love and grace.
Then there’s the opposite extreme of truth without grace. This leads to rebellion. When a family adopts a narrowminded, rules without relationship mindset, children tend to rebel. Churches can do this too, becoming so intolerant that their hypocrisy is repulsive.
Grace saves. Truth frees. We are saved by God’s grace which we do not deserve. Then we live out that grace in the truth which frees us from sin’s slavery. Jesus is grace and truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).
We do not find grace by living any way we want. We do not find truth in a set rules. We find both in a Person. His name is Jesus. The cross demonstrates grace by Jesus dying for us so our sins can be forgiven. The cross demonstrates truth showing God is holy and sin must be judged, because His truth is absolute.
By grace are you saved through faith, not of works, it is the gift of God. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Grace comes with truth so as forgiven people we can know how to live holy lives. Truth comes with grace so that when we fail to live out the truth, God forgives and sets up back on the right track.
Grace is being made right with God. Truth is living-out God’s right way. Focus your life on Jesus who came full of grace and truth. Grace saves. Truth frees.
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