Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reflecting grace

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.  John 1:16 (NRSV).
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 3:18 (NRSV)
John 1:16 is a short verse tightly packed with meaning.  Matthew Henry's commentary explains one concept of this idea of God's fullness of grace by referring to 1 Corinthians 3:18.  We are a reflection of God's grace, and the more we stand before him, the more of His grace we will reflect.  Another analogy is that God allows the fullness of his grace to pour out over us, covering us just like a heated wax mold.  Then God pours His grace into us, just like plaster into the mold, and the end result is that we are covered and filled with grace--we  become the stuff of grace.    
The most amazing part of this whole analogy is that we all have the opportunity to become filled with His fullness.  God in Christ has so much grace that He can continuously overflow every vessel in the world, every person who has ever lived, and every person who ever will live.  That is fullness!  That is amazing grace!