John 1:16-18 – “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” NKJV
The NASB translates it, “…has explained Him.” The word used is ‘exegeomai’ which means to ‘rehearse’ or ‘unfold’. It is REVELATION! Jesus is the revelation of God and through Him, His life, His teaching, His deeds we see the heart and character of God. He came in bodily form as a man so that He could reconcile man to God. He came in the Fullness of God and extended His grace to us and if we have accepted Him we have received that grace.
The Law touched the mind and regulated the actions whereas Jesus touches the heart and mind and transforms the thoughts which results in a change of character, attitude and actions. If you are one that must have a specific set of rules to follow and need a check list to evaluate your progress and position Christianity is probably not for you. Christianity is not a set of rules it is LIFE. It is not modifying behavior it is becoming transformed within at the core of one’s being. It is not doing the right thing it is being the right thing.
The Law, we are told, was a schoolmaster to bring us to grace. The Law exposed our flaws, depravity and the impossibility of man keeping the commandments of God in his own power or strength. Grace revealed the pathway to transformation where someone greater than ourselves could come into our hearts and manifest His righteousness through us. The Law required manufactured obedience or willpower. Grace requires transformation as a result of faith. One touches the head only the other touches the heart. One cleans up the exterior the other cleanses the interior.
Jesus came to ‘seek and to save’ that which was lost and that which was lost was us. He came to ‘give abundant life’ and that life is available to us not by following a set of rules and regulations but through a transformed heart. That is what the ‘new birth’ really is all about. It is the transformation of the me that is me. As we are transformed or become ‘new creations’ through the grace of God we are changed on the inside and that inward change manifests itself visibly. I recall when I was became a Christian I went to work and although I wanted to tell everyone what had happened I felt checked to simply state that I had received Christ. I had a person come to me after a few days and said, “Roy, your Christianity is showing.” They witnessed a change in me that was a greater witness than anything I could have or even desired to say. Actions truly did speak louder than words!
It is Christ in us that is the Hope of Glory. It is the manifestation of Him that people are moved by not simply by our inspirational words or oratorical abilities. That is not to diminish witnessing with words but to emphasize that words not backed up by actions become nothing more than ‘rain on a tin roof’. I do not want to be a clanging cymbal or tinkling brass. I want my life to impact others so when I speak my words carry power and influence.
God is revealed in each of us daily. Some have said, “The only Bible some will read is you. Therefore, what is the gospel according to your life?” That is something I always try to keep in the forefront of my mind.
God bless you richly as you go through this day!