Grace and Truth
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
All Truth is a killer and All Grace is a liar but Jesus came perfectly balanced. Full of Grace and Truth.
One day Jesus was presented with a women who was caught red handed in the act of adultery (an obvious set up) and asked what should be done with this women? The bible plainly says they where seeking to trap Jesus.
At first, He said nothing but instead He stooped down and began writing in the dirt like He didn't hear them. They continued pressing Him so finally He said "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." After, He continued writing in the dirt. Well you know the rest story. One after another they all dropped their stones and let the scene. No one knows just what He wrote (because the bible doesn't tell us). But whatever it was, it ran her accusers off one by one leaving her alone with Jesus.
Jesus stood up and asked the women "Where are those accusers of yours?" "Has no one condemned you?" She answered "no one Lord" and He replied "Neither do I condemn you: go and sin no more."
This story found in the Gospel of John is a wonderful display of Grace and Truth. Grace declared "Neither do I condemn you." Truth instructed "Go and sin no more." Jesus came full of grace and truth. He gives both in perfect balance.
Today we seem to hear one or the other in full volume, un-balanced and often un-biblical. But if you are not balanced in your approach of Grace or Truth you may find yourself in serious error. Because all grace is a liar and all truth is a killer.
Jesus did not condemn this women. He gave her grace. Underserved, unmerited, beautiful grace. But He also gave her truth. He gave her a command of absolute moral perfection, "go and sin no more".
Jesus seems to present us with an impossible situation. Only a perfect balance of Grace and Truth could do both.
Christ Jesus, through His death and resurrection has provided us with His Grace without compromising His truth. His grace now provides the power to live out His truth.
For I have been crucified with Christ. it is no longer I who live but Christ Who lives in me, and the life which I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20