TRUTH or GRACE?
One of my favorite verses is John 1:17: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” It seems clear to me that these two are forever linked in Jesus Christ. Yet, for some strange reason, I often hear people saying we should balance the Bible message of grace with truth.
Everybody loves the idea of grace. Some want just enough grace to get saved and others of us promote the abundance of grace (Romans 5:17). In general, the people speaking about “truth”, in this context, are not in favor of God overflowing and unlimited grace in our lives. Thus, they continually point to the need to bring truth in to settle the differences.
The following article by Steve McVey (pastor, author, speaker) is outstanding regarding the balance of grace and truth.
If you’re going to draw a line, draw it between grace and legalism—not between grace and truth. The Bible plainly puts grace and truth on the same side of the line, in Jesus. So anytime you hear people say, “Well, this message of grace is good, but you have to balance that with truth,” you can recognize what they are doing. Whether they are sincerely mistaken or committed legalists, you can know that it’s a lie, because grace and truth are not on two different sides of the dividing line. They’re on the same side of the line. Legalism is on the other side of the line. Grace and truth are synonymous because they are expressed (or personified) in the person of Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.
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