Grace Upon Grace

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:16,17

A common misconception about Christianity (by those outside and inside the walls of the Church) is that it is a religion of dos and don’ts. Some believe that to be a Christian you must live a certain way, go to certain meetings, fulfill certain rituals. This is not what defines Christianity. Mankind is defined by his inherent sinfulness, Christians are defined by God’s love for mankind. Looking at John Chapter One, it is clear that Jesus came to change things. See, God’s plan for mankind’s salvation included the creation of a nation that His Messiah would come from. He created Israel by separating them from the people and cultures around them. The Law of Moses was given to create a culture that God would use to birth His Son into the world. The Law created a standard, but a standard that man would not rise to. The Law was given so that man would see that he was not capable of being righteous before God. That no matter what we do, we will always be tainted by our sinfulness.

So God sent Jesus. Jesus came and lived the life that fulfilled the law. His death on the cross at Calvary paid the sin debt of the world, and his resurrection is proof of God’s acceptance of his sacrifice. Because Jesus rose from the grave we have been offered salvation from our sin debt. We have been offered not a get out of Hell for free card, but the washing away of our sin and the restoration of our soul. Humans are much more than just this flesh and bone that walks around in this dimension. Take your mind for example, does your mind exist in the physical world? If you died and an autopsy was done on your brain, would they find your mind? No, your mind is something abstract that resides within your body. Your brain houses it, but it is the software that utilizes the hardware of your brain to interface with the outside world. Your soul currently resides in your mortal body, but this is only a temporary dwelling and the reward for Jesus’ work of restoration in your life can reconnect your spirit to the God who created this world and the next. This is the grace upon grace, or blessing that God offers you today. The Law accuses us of sin, but Jesus frees us from it!

Christian, do not get so caught up on the rituals, traditions, and rules that you miss the purpose of Jesus’ teachings. He came so that we could enjoy this life and the next. But that includes this life. He offers us a connection to the Father that is greater than are religious obligations. Seek to love Him, and allow Him to guide you.

If you are not a believer in Jesus, and happened to come across my first blog, I hope this news of God’s love for you will encourage you to look into the teachings of Jesus. No greater love has ever been displayed as the love that lead Jesus to his sacrifice on a Roman cross.

Father, thank you for the opportunity to share your word with those who read this blog. Thank you for your Word that has been preserved for us through many generations. Thank you for your offer of salvation from our sin and its consequences. Thank you for Jesus’ cross, and for my relationship with you. Amen.


About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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