Saturday, December 21, 2019

Advent Day 21: Blessing

Advent Words Day 21: Blessing

"From the fullness of his grace we have all received  one blessing after another." John 1:16-18

Other translations of this verse say that we have received "grace upon grace" (ESV) - abundant, sufficient grace. This is our greatest blessing!

Christ can supply grace upon grace because He is full of grace and truth (1:14). Look at Websters 1828 Dictionary definition of grace:
"The unmerited love and favor of God which is the spring and source of all benefits men receive from Him, including especially His assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification. (Grace is) a virtue from God influencing man, renewing his heart and restraining him from sin."

God's grace is unmerited - unearned. As we saw in John 1:12, we do nothing to earn it, we receive His gift of salvation through His Son, and with it the blessings of grace.

"For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more." Romans 5:17-20
"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us." Ephesians 1:3, 6-8
We are blessed beyond measure!

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