grace for grace
again the apostle John makes another reference to John the Baptist. There was a
way John the Baptist expressed his testimony. He was the voice of the one
crying. He followed the exact same pattern of the Old Testament prophets. If we
had that kind of passion in presenting Jesus Christ there is no telling how
much reception the King of kings would receive for Him. I am not saying we
have to shout or cry but I am saying people have inner radar inside themselves
to see how much passion we have in our spirit. If there is no Holy Spirit
conviction about what we are presenting how can we expect the other person or
group to accept apathy? Even if we are sharing the gospel the proper way people
still may be hesitant to come to Jesus Christ. This is one reason we have to be
constantly walking with our Lord and Savior. In the case of John the
Baptist he gave a public testimony but this is the issue --- we are to be
assured and convicted of the truth.
"John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake,
He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me. (16) And
of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." John 1: 15 -
the Baptist clearly said he was a forerunner of Jesus Christ and in like manner
we are always to take the lower seat to Jesus Christ. Do we do the saving or
does Jesus Christ do the saving? The answer would have to be obvious. We are
washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. We are just the messenger but we better
deliver the message with the conviction of the Holy Spirit based on what the
Bible teaches in His Word. Remember we are testifying for the Son of the
Highest. Our message of Jesus Christ must prefer Him and His interest before
ourselves and our interests.
passage says … "He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was
before me." God dispenses His gifts according to His wisdom and many times
according to history this crosses hands. If Jesus Christ was before John the
Baptist He was obvious before Abraham. Jesus Christ is from eternity past so in
respect to supremacy He is our Master but we are His messengers. The real
question is are we allowing Jesus Christ to be our Lord? If Jesus is not truly
our Master how can we possibly expect to be an effective witness for Him?
verse sixteen says, "And of His fulness have all we received, and grace
for grace." This phrase is also in John 1:14. The incarnate Word is
full of grace and truth who is Jesus Christ Himself. The fountain
of fulness we have received as His children is grace and truth. Hopefully
it is overflowing in our spirit. We can not conjure this up within ourselves so
obvious God must grant this blessing to us as His children. Notice grace for
grace is repeated because we have to keep coming to God for fresh manna. Heaven
is not cheap because this place is full of grace. Why would God
settle and give us day old manna? Grace is a gift, it is rich and it is
invaluable. Grace is the goodwill of God to us and the good work in us because
the goodwill of God works the good work of grace. We are so blessed to receive
grace from the fulness of Jesus Christ. The way grace for grace is phrased in
this passage is singular so to be recipients of the unsearchable riches of the
grace of Jesus Christ is worth searching. Grace is free but we can not be
passive to receive the grace of God. We receive this wonderful gift but it
is for Jesus Christ.
this passage is saying grace for grace we do not have to be theologians to
figure out this is abundance. This is a blessing that is poured out in our
spirit but we must ask for this abundance on a daily basis. If we have this in
our heart then we will never desire to keep it to ourselves.
grace in us changes us into the same image of Jesus Christ. The Son of God
is perfect and we are not but there is a conforming process when we receive His
grace on a consistent basis because it is the exact opposite of sin. If you do
not know the true Messiah and desire to step forward accept Jesus Christ into
your heart as your Lord and Savior by repenting of your sins and invite the Son
of God into your life. This is the wise choice.
you just made that all important eternal decision or if you have been a
Christian for a good while read or memorize the Bible and ask for the grace of
God through His Son Jesus Christ on a daily basis because this is invaluable.
Grace for grace is offered to us but we can not settle for day old manna. This
heavenly call is worth the pursuit.