Tuesday, April 28, 2009
And we beheld His Glory...
"And the Word was made 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.
Grace: charis - that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive on the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor. - Zodhiates
God's glory displayed in Christ was overflowing with His grace - it was a pleasure and a joy for those who Christ revealed Himself to, to take in ,and behold, and see and touch and talk with the brightness of the glory of God in the flesh.(Hebrews 1:3) His glory and His presence to those who received Him was delightful, joyous and favorable. The lives of His disciples were forever changed because of the grace that had been given to them to see and enjoy God in Christ and Christ Himself. There is all satisfaction in Christ, all pleasure in Christ, enjoyment and thankfulness in Christ. It is where every Christian should find the most pleasure and delight, in beholding the person of Jesus Christ. But this revealing and seeing Him and enjoying Him doesn't come from anything in ourselves; there is nothing a man can do to experience this joy and life in Jesus Christ - John 1:12 - this savoring of His Son is not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man - but it is only of God who gives grace freely to those whom He chooses - and when He gives grace to see and enjoy and behold the glory of Christ, it generates faith, which is another gift of God. God is glorified and His glory is seen clearly, when in us, it produces joy and satisfaction and a thankful heart in Him. That is the glory of grace, that to whom grace has been given, they find rest and enjoyment and satisfaction and are forever and eternally grateful to Jesus Christ....
Posted by Anonymous @ 9:19 PM