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"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

All of us who trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior have re

ceived of His fullness, grace upon grace.

What the law, which was given through Moses, could not

do because of our sinfulness, Jesus Christ, God's Son, has

done for us! He fulfilled the righteous demands of the law in

our place; and He paid in full for all our sins - and for the

sins of the whole world - by His innocent sufferings and

death upon the cross (cf. 1 John 2:1, 2).

In Jesus Christ, and by His holy life and innocent sufferings

and death in our stead, we have received God's abundant

grace and mercy. Our sins, which were like scarlet, have been

washed away; and we are made as white as snow (cf. Isaiah

1:18). And when we confess our sins, He continues to cleanse

us with His own blood (1 John 1:7, 9).

In Jesus Christ, God's grace and truth have come to us sin

ners. It is by grace that we are forgiven of God, and it is by

grace that we know and believe in Jesus as our Savior.

"Amazing grace! how sweet the sound - that saved a

wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind

but now I see" (John Newton).

O dearest Jesus, thank you for coming into this world to

bear my sins on the tree of the cross and thus to grant me

grace upon grace that I might be forgiven for all my sins and

have a place in your eternal kingdom. Amen.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For The Record, Pages 4 on 08/26/2009

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