Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Full Of Grace And Truth!

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (Jn. 1:17) 

While thinking back on his days with Jesus, John (one of The Twelve) remembers there was something about Him that was like no one else, during which time His disciples "beheld His glory." His uniqueness was that incredible "glory," a glory that represented the very presence of God. In addition, this glorious One was "full of grace and truth." Pause and let this sink in. It was His glory mixed with grace and truth that made Him different. In a world of darkness and demands, rules and regulations, requirements and expectations demanded by hypocritical religious leaders, Jesus came and ministered in a new and different way---He alone, full of grace and full of truth, introduced a revolutionary, different way of life. 

Remembering that uniqueness, John adds, "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace" (John 1:16).

The Grace Awakening 

Jesus is the epitome of what modern day Christians should be looking like in this day and age. We live in an age or era where we have ministers such as Joseph Prince and Joel Osteen that preach from the pulpit about God's grace while at the same time failing to preach the truth with the same passion they have for God's grace. Don't get me wrong friends. God's grace has a proper place in biblical doctrine and must me taught in our churches. The problem that is found in the above examples is that too much emphasis is given to grace and nowhere near the same (if at all) the same kind of emphasis is given to moral law. 

One thing that I have learned during my time in street evangelism is the EXTREME IMPORTANCE of applying the moral law (the Ten Commandments) in evangelistic outreach before sharing God's grace with the non-believer. Without talking about the moral law, it will be very difficult for the non-believer to understand why Jesus was crucified in the first place. When I first started out in street evangelism, I used to be the kind of guy that would put the proverbial "cart before the horse". I often made the mistake of simply sharing God's grace without the moral law. It took me many years of really learning how to evangelize to non-believers. There is obviously an immense difference between evangelizing at a church compared to the streets. It is usually in street evangelism where the moral law is most often applied, but can also be applied as  well at churches. An excellent example of street evangelism would Ray Comfort's ministry, Way of the Master. 

Jesus was a revolutionary in ever sense of the word. Jesus is amazing example of someone that went against the status quo, the political-correctness of His time. I have often learned tons of wonderful qualities about Jesus during my time in Sunday School, but have never really known Him the way I have come to know Him now. Does Jesus have a loving and compassionate side? Definitely! Does Jesus also have some "rough edges" in His personality? Definitely! It is that side of Jesus that is missing in our churches and more importantly among our religious leaders of this day. Does grace play a prevalent role in our lives today? Of course! Does hyper-grace? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!! Remember friends, it's only Jesus that is full of grace and full of truth! The only way you will know that for sure is by reading God's Word.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!....:-)