Neta Monroe: Grace to Grace
Have you ever wondered what that phrase meant? You are not alone.
John 1:16 says, “And of His fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace.” The word “for” actually can be defined as “anti,” but the word “anti” has two meanings — one being “against,” the other being “in place of.” Here, it means “grace in place of grace.” Basically, the passage means that a neverending supply of grace is available to those who believe.
We know that Jesus is Grace, so how to we go from grace to grace? Is there more than one Jesus? The answer is that Jesus Himself is Grace. When He died on the cross for all of our sins — past, present and future — He became the final sacrifice. He finished the work on the cross. He didn’t leave anything unfinished. When we accept Him as our Lord, then we receive that Grace. We don’t do anything to earn it or to deserve it. He did it all, once and for all.
But do we still sin? Yes, we will make mistakes and miss the mark throughout our lives, but that is when we go from Grace to Grace. We go from when we last sinned and He has already forgiven us to when we next sin, and the forgiveness is there as well. We move from grace to grace.
Does this mean we have the right to sin freely? If you have to ask that question, then most likely you are not living under Grace. Once we accept the Lord, we lose the desire to live in sin. Instead, we become a new creation in Christ Jesus, and the ways of the world should no longer appeal to us. The desire to willfully sin is no longer there.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
— 2 Cor. 5:17
When He died on the cross, He did so that we might receive salvation. Our salvation means “whole” — nothing missing, nothing lacking, nothing broken. Salvation is not for when we get to heaven — it is for us now in this world.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
— 1 John 4:4
“Love has been perfected among us in this, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”
— 1 John 4:17
Let me reiterate — “as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.” Not someday in heaven, but here in this world. Is Jesus afflicted with disease, is He living a life of poverty, is He freely sinning, is He at war within Himself and has no peace? Of course not, he is none of those things. So, as He is, so are we in this world.
How do we become like Him? By receiving Him, believing in Him and His finished work at the cross. By understanding who we are in Christ Jesus. By knowing that when we miss the mark, we will automatically move into another continuous wave of Grace.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
— 2 Cor. 5:21
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
— Rom 8: 1
Remember, who you are in Christ Jesus and freely move from Grace to Grace. Keep His Word in front of you so that your mind is always being renewed. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of God.
Stay in His Word!