And the Word became flesh and resided among us (and we saw his glory, glory like that of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth. John testifies concerning him and has cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He who is coming after me, has become before me, because he was first, then me. And we all received out of his fullness and grace in exchange-for grace. Because the law was given through Moses; the grace and the truth became through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at anytime; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has described him.” vs14-18
The Lord Jesus Christ reveals God to us. He is the perfect revelation of grace and truth, of mercy and of justice. He is the place where the righteous wrath of God met with His tender saving mercy and kissed one another. Ps 85:10, “Mercy & truth have met together; Righteousness & peace have kissed each other.” This is the perfect revelation of God – justice satisfying in all that He does, merciful to whom He pleases, choosing us from the world’s foundation.
He is a God of grace and wrath, of unbending strictness and self-sacrificing generosity. Do not be misguided by these two seemingly opposing forces! They are one in perfect balance in the Man Christ Jesus – come into the world to save sinners by the sacrifice of Himself, the Righteous Lamb enthroned to destroy His enemies. “He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool (Heb 10:13).”
We want to be like Him and imitate His attributes! We want to be unbending and unflinching on the word, and yet tender towards sinners. 2 Tim 2:25, “Instructing his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.” We desire to speak truth faithfully and compassionately. I have different brothers who minister at the abortion clinic, and while there are many evils that need the gospel application, they go to this place in tenderness and boldness, crying out against the sin and calling sinners to the Savior. I delight to hear them pray for the president of Planned Parenthood, recognizing her conversion may help many. This is the way that we must go, no matter what evil that we are addressing: We must have the meekness of Christ and the boldness of a lion, unflinching truth and feet washing compassion. He says, “Therefore if I, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another (John 13:14).” Let us imitate Him and learn from the Son to minister.
This beauty gives glory to God because He is glorious, the Perfect Being. Never has almighty power and tenderness dwelt so perfectly. Never has the human mind conceived a way that God can put away sin and STILL BE HOLY, but the gospel answers all of this in Jesus Christ. He is the perfect revelation of Man and God – what we should be, and what He is to us. Don’t get it twisted. He is not partially gracious or partially just, but He is both at the same time. We are fully saved in Christ and fully damned outside of Him. We are safe because of the justice satisfying atonement, and we are exhorted to holiness of life, which He will help, because His grace extends to our every need. “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thess 5:24).”
Brothers, rejoice that you have a Perfect God in Christ, and then go do likewise, looking upon others in free grace and absolute righteousness!