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John 1:16-17b – “The Word Gave Grace For Grace”

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SIH TOTT ICON(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)





Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”? 

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God”  (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)


Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.


Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”? 

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man.  Through Christ we have God revealed to us.  This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others.  This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”



Joh 1:16-17 KJV – “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”




And of his fulness have all we received, 

Christ, the Word, revealed the fullness of the Godhead clearly to mankind. (see previous devotion on John 1:16-17a)


and grace for grace.

Please keep in mind the word “for” in this verse refers to “for the purpose of”.

An illustration of this usage would be the sentence “I gave them the money for the car”.  In other words, “I gave them the money for the purpose of the car” … (giving money for buying a car or repairing a car based on the context of the sentence).


First grace:

In the context, The first “grace” God gave to man… This was the revelation of the fullness of the Godhead in Christ was an act of God’s grace being given to fallen mankind.

This first act of grace was given by God for a specific purpose, for man to receive the second “grace” God gave to man…


Second grace:

In the context, the second “grace” God gave to man…is mankind coming to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and receive salvation for their sins and the many blessings that go along with their salvation experience.

In other words, God gave us the grace of the knowledge of Christ as the fullness of the Godhead “for the purpose of” receiving the grace of faith in Christ and the receipt of His many blessings in our lives.

This is grace (His fullness shown to all mankind) for grace (faith in Him).


The first grace is an absolute necessity for the second grace to be received.  Until we come to a knowledge of Christ, His person and His work, we can never come to a saving faith in Him…

Rom 10:14-17 KJV – “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”


For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

The law was given to show us our need of salvation, whereas knowledge of the person and work of the Savior is shown to us by Christ, the fullness of the Godhead.  He is the source of grace and truth that will lead a man to salvation.

The law shows us our need, whereas Christ shows us the remedy for that need.

Gal 3:24-25 KJV – “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”




Folks, may we praise and honor the Father for sending His Son to reveal himself to us.  And may we also, praise and honor the Son for willingly humbling Himself and coming to the earth to reveal Himself to us as the true God and Savior of His people.  Without His first coming, and his revelation of Himself and His work to us, we could never be saved.

For those who are saved, may we share Christ with others over this holiday season, realizing that without a knowledge of Christ, no man can be saved.

For those who have never come to a knowledge of their sin and need of forgiveness, please consider the law of Moses and the revelation of Christ.  In the law you will find your sinful condition and need of forgiveness, while in Christ you will find the way of forgiveness and the receipt of eternal life.

2 Th 2:13-14 KJV – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

May the Lord’s name, person and works be glorified in our lives this holiday season.



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  1. The True Light! says:

    A good study Rob! Yes, we could not obey the law as handed down by Moses. We had to have a Savior, and He came in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him, we gain grace and pardon for our sins.


    • Rob Barkman says:

      What a blessing it is to know that it is through the work of Christ and not our works that we can receive, and retain, the forgiveness of our sins! What a wonderful Lord we serve! Lord bless.

      • The True Light! says:

        If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light…we have continual washing of our sins by the blood of Christ. 1Jn.1:7

        This is the best of blessings we can ever have!


  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study, just started to get back to reading my blog roll

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