John 1:17 WEB

For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

The law was given through Moses because the people rejected God’s Voice (Exo 20:19). After God delivered Israel from Egypt, he prepared them to meet with him (Exo 19:10-12). But when the time came, the Israelites were scared and told Moses they did not want to meet God. More, the people told Moses they would rather he talked to God and tell them what God said. So God gave Moses the law, but only after the people rejected him (Ex 20:18-19).

There is a similar phenomenon happening today. Because Christ overcame death he opened the door for the Holy Spirit to manifest in the hearts of every person who calls on the Lord (Rom 5:5). Once again, people can hear from God (Acts 4:21). However, instead of teaching believers to go directly to God, leaders are teaching people to go directly to the Bible (Mt 12:31).

In their zeal to educate people in the ways of God, ministers are teaching people to worship the Bible instead of God himself (John 5:39). Do you know why people do that? It’s the exact same reason the Israelites did it when they decided they preferred the law to God’s voice, fear (Exo 20:18-20). I think the people of God, in their desperation not to fail God, have decided they prefer the letter of the law to obedience to his voice (Rom 2:29).

Please do not misunderstand me, the Bible is an absolutely brilliant book in every way. Divinely inspired, it’s the story of God’s Journey with mankind. It’s God’s Story Still, it’s better to talk to God directly through prayer and then read the Bible (Jam 2:23). And if in a given moment you can only do one or the other, choose God (Jam 4:5).

Lord Jesus, please teach me to respect your word and to love You. Teach me to recognize the sound of your voice. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Grace Upon Grace

John 1:15-17 WEB

John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'” [16] From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. [17] For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

The gospels testify Jesus got up early in the morning to pray. In fact, it says he would go off by himself early and pray (Mark 1:35). This is how Jesus filled himself each day. Because he did this, he was so full he had grace upon grace to give to those around him (John 1:16).

We all need more grace (Rom 5:15). Have you ever heard someone say their grace ran out? Have you ever cried out to the Lord for more grace (2 Cor 12:9)? Jesus showed us the path to be filled with grace to the point of overflowing. He showed us how to be filled so we have the grace to give to others. Jesus demonstrated we have to be filled each day. The word of God says Jesus had the Spirit without measure (John 3:33-34). And yet, he still felt the need to pray and receive more (Luke 5:16).

At some point, we stop thrashing around and complaining and we start praying (1 Tim 2:8). Hopefully, there comes a point in which we come into agreement with God and start spending enough time with Him to be filled to overflowing (Luke 6:12). When that happens, we, like Jesus, will be filled with grace upon grace.

Lord Jesus, I ask for the grace to come before you each day for a significant period of time in order that I may be filled to overflowing. Please direct my steps in this matter so that I can meet with you successfully and be filled with the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.