Thursday, December 13, 2007

Grace and Truth

John 1:14 & 17 says: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ...For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

James MacDonald makes an important point about Jesus and about our preaching. It is often hard to balance that "grace" and "truth"
thing. I suspect that I over stress the grace part, but I think that this is a reaction to being raised in a church environment where the truth was stressed over and over and over again. It was the time of denominational fissure in our church movement and doctrinal truth seemed (and was ) critical. It was the time of the charismatic movements early 'heady' days. And we were raised to examine the claims of the "charismaniacs" with extreme skepticism. In the Meiers Briggs I am solidly a INTJ where the J stands or Judging, which anyone who knows me well knows that I am very good at doing. And so I think in reaction I overreact and stress the grace aspect too much perhaps at times. But whether or not I do, I believe that most preachers have difficulty in balancing grace and truth.

The point that MacDonald makes is that Jesus is awesome because he is not a 50/50 balance of grace and truth. He is FULL of grace and truth. He is 100% grace AND 100% truth.

"He is totally truthful, but with so much grace. All truth and no grace is brutality. All grace and no truth is hypocrisy. But let your preaching be like Jesus, full of grace and truth, and you will find greater power." (Preaching: 25 Things You Can't Learn in School, p. 36.)

May God give me the length of life and the strength to be able to learn to be that 100% truth and 100% grace.

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