• Matt Beaney

#510 (24/12/21) GRACE AND TRUTH



This week’s devotions are based upon Sunday's message from John 1:1-14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:14)

THE WORD (LOGOS)

Jesus is referred to as ‘the Word’. This was a term used in Greek culture to speak of the principle of reason and order in the world. John is re-writing what this phrase meant. We don’t look at what the Greek culture understood ‘Logos’ to mean in order to understand it; we look at what God’s word tells us that logos means in order to understand it. Jesus is the logos. Jesus is what logos means. When John uses this term, he particularly means that Jesus is God the Son; He's the word through whom God created the world; Jesus is the Word who shows us what God is like; Jesus is the Word who continues to speak to us about salvation in Himself.


THE ONE AND ONLY SON

This ‘Word’ who ‘became flesh’ is ‘The one and only Son’. As a child would show what their parents are like, so, but in a perfect way, The Son of God speaks of who the Father is to us. The Son reveals that ‘the Father is full of grace and truth’. Jesus reveals the grace of God and the truth about God like never before.


Anyone who gives time to worship Jesus will be filled with grace and truth. The opposite is bondage and lies - who wants that?! Let’s give time to ‘see His glory’. Choose your most inspiring songs and sing in Jesus’ presence. Read His word and praise Him for what it reveals about Him. May each of us be filled afresh with grace and truth in Jesus’ presence at this time.


OVER TO YOU - PRAY AND WORSHIP OUT OF THE BIBLE

I’ve made a few comments. However, it’s more important that you engage with the text yourself. Take a moment to pray and listen to God’s voice out of today’s text.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:14)

I find it helpful to use the following questions which are based upon The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13).


1. Praise - What does this text teach me about God? What can I praise Him for?

2. Petitions - What does this teach me about His will for me and others? What could I pray for from this text? This is a good time to pray for our non-believing. friends. It’s good to ask, Is the Holy Spirit leading me in any specific response?

3. Peace-making - Is the Holy Spirit convicting me of sin for which I need forgiveness? Do I need to forgive others?

4. Protection - Ask for God’s protection generally and for any specific areas of vulnerability. Am I believing lies regarding the truths in this text?

 

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