And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jesus Came and brought us grace and truth. Without His grace it is impossible to understand the truth He brought us. Grace empowers us to receive all that we need from God. By Grace we are saved. This truth alone causes much contention in the Christian world. Of course, most Christians will agree that the bible is true and we are saved by grace. However, so many times there are more rules and regulations put upon a person to determine if they are truly saved. The church in general has taught that we must live a good life and obey the word if we are going to be saved. It is true that we must obey the word to be disciples of Christ and to live a life that is full of God's best. However, the basis for receiving salvation and receiving anything else from God is not how well we live, but accepting the ultimate sacrifice made for us on the cross. This is the Grace of God, that He sent His son to take our place and accomplished a work that we could never accomplish, and then gave us a life that we could never earn. When we realize that all that we obtain from God comes by Grace, it causes His truth to be of much more worth. It is of such great value that we could never pay for it and can only be full of gratitude for the grace that was offered unto us and the great gift we have been given. When we look at things through the eyes of grace we should desire to do more for God. Not so He will give us more but because He has given us everything!
Guthrie Church Of Faith