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Jesus Full of Grace and Truth
September 08, 2013      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


Receiving and living in the favor of God.


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Notes

John 1:1-16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

If you have a fever, is the fever the real problem?

If your car starts to smoke, is the smoke the real problem?

Or if your sidewalk, near some trees, begins to buckle and crack, should your concern be with the integrity of the concrete?

John gets to the core of the problem of man and reveals the solution which is in Christ.

Passages:

John 1:4-5

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:4-5 shows us that our real need is life that manifests overcoming light which is found only in Jesus.

John 1:12-13

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:12-13 show us that those who receive Jesus by believing Jesus get the life of God by being born in the Spirit.

John 1:14-17

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:14-17 shows us that the Law was given by Moses but Grace & Truth come to us in Christ.

Grace: The unmerited favor of God provided for us in Christ by the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of God is Jesus’ finished work and victory over sin, sickness, Satan, and death freely given to us who receive it by faith into our lives.

Law: The demand of God put on us in accordance with who God is.

Grace: All that God has provided for us in order to meet the demand of God.

John 1:16 (Amplified)

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

Two Types of the Flesh that Moses and Israel inherited from their forefathers:

1) Egypt

Exodus 1:8-11

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Abram went to Egypt and used Egypt to work out the plan of God. This resulted in a whole nation becoming enslaved to Egypt (The Flesh).

This is a lost state of captivity in the flesh.

God judges the flesh with Ten Plagues and a burying of the enemies in the Red Sea.

2) Amalek

Exodus 17:8

Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.

Esau sold his birthright for a single meal.

The birthright, which was an inheritance received by favor and relationship not work, meant nothing to Esau.

Esau was the great-grandfather of Amalek who turned into a nation which opposed Moses and Israel after the deliverance from slavery on the way to the inheritance.

This is the rising up of the flesh after salvation and the provision of the Spirit in our lives: 

Exodus 17:6

Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

1 Corinthians 10:4

and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Moses keeps his hands up for victory to be "given" to Joshua and his army.

Your sin problems are the fever exposing the virus of an independent heart and life that rejects depending upon and living by the grace/favor of God.

Our real problem is not that we manifest sins, our real problem is that we do not walk in Grace & Truth receiving the life of God provided in Jesus by faith.

The enemy wants one of two things in your life as a believer:

1) He wants you to get discouraged and give in to a life of flesh

2) He wants you to commit to work at not sinning as hard as you can

Both of these are slavery and a rejection of the Grace & Truth of Christ's finished work which we can receive by faith each day


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