For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace
Whenever someone has a position of authority, the danger of abuse is often only a matter of time. One has certain requirements for those who are under him and can easily use abuse to make everyone fall in line. Jesus isn’t like that. He never abuses his authority. Today we’ve a connection with the previous verse—“for”—showing, once again, that Jesus is God and expressing His nature.
In Mark we read: “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7). That was expressed by Jesus’ opponents. There was no doubt in their mind that Jesus made a definite claim, including by forgiving sins. Here we’ve a similar scenario. Who alone can be gracious to us? No one can rightfully extend grace to fallen mankind except God.
When we meditate on Him, we cannot find any boundary. There’s no limit to who God is! Is He loving? He is infinitely loving! Is He good? He is infinitely good! Is He gracious? He is infinitely gracious! He has limitless and boundless fullness. There’s no beginning or end to His grace. We are its eternal recipients.
Lastly, it’s “grace upon grace.” God can never relate to us any other way. From God’s very first thought, humanly speaking, of our salvation till endless ages of glory, it’s always “grace upon grace.” There was no beginning and there will be no end in the annals of grace.
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