Grace and Truth

November 3, 2018

John 1:1-2… In the beginning was God and the word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

            Without further clarification, John’s use of the word “He” in the second verse seems wrong. Who, in their right mind, calls “the word” by the personal pronoun, “He”?

Verse 14… And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

            This verse sheds light on the first 2 verses. “became Flesh…” “and we have seen…” “the only Son of the Father”

            The word, in flesh, was Jesus. Most Christians have heard this and many believe it, but what does it mean? There are many things about God that I don’t fully understand. Am I ok with that? Are you? Jesus was the embodiment of the Word of God. That helps put Him in perspective. When He spoke, He did not try to remember what God thought. He was full of the word. When we read His words, we can know that they are from God. Plus there is a difference between word and words. The words of God are part of the word of God, but the complete Word of God is not known by groups of words. When you hear the command to know God, be aware that it will take your entire existence; you won’t know him after a couple prayers, or a good Bible study. And you will only know what He will allow. He, only, knows the thoughts of men and women. You don’t. Even if someone tells you what they think, you don’t know if that is the complete picture or even if it is honest. In our relationship with God, we will always be subservient. That is part of what it means to know God. “He is my all in all.”

“full of grace and truth…” Grace bridges the gap between us, fallen humans and Truth. Grace is one of the messages of Truth. Truth is not a proclamation on a piece of paper; it is Jesus, himself. God willed it and set it up so that we can only know truth if we know Jesus. And even more important than that… we can only know truth as we know Jesus. Your knowledge of Truth will never lead you away from Jesus. It will lead you to know him more and more. Know Jesus/God.