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John3 - glory, grace and truth

And the Word came to be flesh and dwelt in us, and we perceived his glory, glory like the one and only from a father full of grace and of truth. 
 
The second part of the Introduction to John’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus (John2) climaxed with an amazing message to all human beings: “But whoever received him, he gave to them authority to come to be children of God—the ones believing in his name. These - not from blood, nor from the will of the flesh, nor from the will of a husband - but from God were born.” 

Yes. Children of God, born again into the family of the Almighty. Then John penned the words in red in bold above in order to start to explain the how of this caterpillar to butterfly transformation. “The Word” (see John1) is the eternal pre-Big Bang creator of everything.  That Word “came to be flesh” in Jesus. That Word “dwelt in us”

It was that Jesus – that human being – who enabled the first-century AD people in Galilee and Jerusalem to perceive the “glory” of the eternal “Word”. Jesus made known “the Word” just as a perfect only son displays his father.

That "perceived" “glory” was not the glory of the White House, Buckingham Palace or Downing Street. It was “full” of something very different: “grace” and “truth”.

 
What exactly is “grace”? It is unmerited favour, undeserved kindness, steadfast love, contractual unfailing blessing – to former enemies of “the Word”.
‘Grace is not sought or bought or wrought. It is a free gift of Almighty God to needy mankind.’ (Billy Graham, American preacher, 1918-2018)
What is “truth”? In what way was Jesus “full of truth”? Jesus spoke and lived the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – about human beings and the holiness and justice of the eternal Almighty.

John witnesses concerning him and cried out, stating, “This was the one on behalf of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me came into being before me', in that he was first before me." 

The “John” in this sentence is not the writer of this biography but John the Baptist – the first-century prophet in Israel. He was unequivocal in witness.

That out of his fullness we ourselves all received, and grace against grace. 

John (the writer) continues his explanation of how he and others became “children of God”. When Jesus came, that “glory” of his, that “glory full of grace and truth” was imparted to them. They “all received” some of that “fulness”. They “received” stuff from him which changed them deep inside. 

“Grace against grace”? What on earth? The word for “against” is anti in the original Greek. This seems strange. How can grace be anti-grace - oppose grace? It seems to me that John is faithfully and correctly recording that the grace they “all received” within themselves - the unmerited, undeserved steadfast love they were given by Jesus by “the Word made flesh”  - became the source of the "grace" they showed to all others.   

That the law was given through Moses; the grace and the truth came to be through Jesus Christ. 

Moses “was given” the Ten Commandments around 1350 BC – along with what is known as the Mosaic Law which was to guide God’s people. 

That was well and good. The Ten Commandments became global as the basis of law in most people groupings. But what is "law" compared with “the grace” and “the truth” which Jesus brought down to earth from above? 

 
Do world religions – does even atheism – flood the world with “grace” and “truth”?

‘I thirst for truth but shall not reach it until I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet and playwright, 1812-1889)
No one has discerned God at any time. The one and only, God, he being into the bosom of the Father—that one has made known. 

Have you “at any time” seen Almighty God the creator of everything that is? No. But you can know him because the one who “has made known” came from “inside” God. Jesus “was made flesh and dwelt among us”. 

 
Sinner Syvret

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