Fullness of Grace

We sometimes talk about Grace as if it were “something” that God gives to us. T F Torrance reminds us that Grace is never a quality transferred to us so that it becomes our “private possession”. Grace cannot be thought of apart from God himself. For Grace is simply God giving HIMSELF to us through Jesus in the Spirit. Concerning Jesus, John says, “We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

The fullness of grace that John saw now comes to us in union with Jesus. Through the Spirit, the Father gives us to Jesus and gives Jesus to us. We are joined to Jesus so that we are in him and he is in us. And now “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” Everything you ever lack is found in him; all you will ever need is given to you in him. For the Father has “blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

Jesus is just what we need, and he is all that we need: Are you dead? Christ is life. Are you weak? Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Are you crushed under the sense of guilt and condemnation? Christ is our righteousness. Are you troubled? Christ is our peace. From beginning to end, therefore, Grace is all about Jesus. When he fills the horizon of our vision, we find ourselves drawn to him, embraced by him and enjoying God with him.

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