Grace Upon Grace
You know how you read a book and love it then the movie comes out? You want to see it but you’re afraid it will ruin the book? It usually does, but you want to see it anyway. I felt that anticipation this past Sunday. I love the first chapter of the book of John. I love being reminded that Jesus is God. I love that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. I love that from His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
I love reading that chapter over and over. There is a part of me that wants to keep it to myself. At the same time, I know someone more studied than myself needs to open it up for me and give a better explanation. I guess I’m afraid someone will butcher its beauty. I knew Gib wouldn’t do that — part of the reason I like to sit under his teaching. He is a gifted teacher whose focus is never less than the centrality of the Gospel. We are entering an incredible series in the book of John entitled “Believe.” For a better understanding of the first chapter of the book of John, please listen here.
And, I cannot go without sharing the words to one of my favorite songs that come from the first chapter of John:
Call for more grace than I can afford
Where can I go but to my dear Savior
For mercy that pours from boundless stores.
Grace upon grace, every sin repaired
Every void restored, you will find Him there
In every turning He will prepare you
With grace upon grace.
He made a way for the fallen to rise
Perfect in glory and sacrifice
In sweet communion my need He supplies
He saves and keeps and guards my life
To Thee I run now with great expectation
To honor You with trust like a child
My hopes and desires seek a new destination
and all that You ask Your grace will provide.