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Devotional - week of June 11, 2017


GRACE FOR GRACE

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:16-17

The term “grace for grace”, in John 1:16, means a continual flow of grace. A literal translation of "grace for grace" is “grace instead of grace.” Today’s supply of grace is not yesterday’s supply of grace.

Through Jesus a believer can have “grace instead of grace”—that is, a continual supply of grace for each circumstance throughout each day. God’s grace for each moment is needed and is available. And His grace is sufficient.

The grace of God is everything God is, moving freely toward you to meet your every need.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8 Paul writes:

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

John places grace in contrast with law. He says:

The law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus.

The Apostle Paul does the same thing in Romans 6:14: He writes:

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

In the context of Romans 6:14 Paul implies that believers who obey five commands of Romans 6:11-13 are released from being under the law and placed under grace.

When we continue to place ourselves “under” grace, we receive “grace instead of grace”—a continual flow of grace.

It is possible for us to live out each day receiving “grace instead of grace.”