Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Bible Study:

John 1:17 – 18

v. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and reality came through Jesus Christ.

v. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

1:17 The law makes demands on man according to what God is; grace supplies man with what God is to meet what God demands. The law, at most, was only a testimony of what God is (Exo. 25:21), but reality is the realization of what God is. No man can partake of God through the law, but grace enables man to enjoy God. Reality is God realized by man, and grace is God enjoyed by man.

1:18 The Father’s only begotten Son declared God by the Word, life, light, grace, and reality. The Word is God expressed, life is God imparted, light is God shining, grace is God enjoyed, and reality is God realized, apprehended. God is fully declared in the Son through these five things.


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Mason Canyon said...

An inspiring reminder. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Thoughts in Progress

Kittie Howard said...

Inspiring! Have a wonderful Sunday!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Mason and Kittie. All the best to you too.

Jules said...

This so appropriate. I think this country sure could use a great deal of GRACE right now.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Jules. It is an amazing thing, that a person with such a strong opinion is afraid to leave their name.

Everyone, I will delete the comment because it is rude. Free speech was enacted by our forefathers partly because they weren't allowed to share their religious views. So you've guessed it. The comment said something negative about Free Speech and Religion.

Dominic de Mattos said...

Sorry I'm late - I've just got back from driving my daughter to the other side of the country for her new university term. Thankfully the other side of the UK is manageable in one day!

I have a little picture which helps me with the difference between law and grace. The speed limit. If we drive as if the law is limiting us, we will inevitably break it at some point. This is because the speed signs have no power to slow us down - all they can do is to accuse us when our speed slips over the limit. However if we drive by grace, with conscious consideration for other drivers and for the safety of pedestrians at a speed that is appropriate for the road and the conditions - we will inevitably be driving under the limit.

Have a great Sunday - what's left of it!


N. R. Williams said...

No problem Dom. I could never declare that I just got back from driving to the other side of the U.S. LOL. East is almost 3,000 miles and west is over 1,000.

I like your speed sign analogy.