|John 1:16-17 |
16 And from his fullness we have all received grace after grace and gift after gift. [The fullness was in them: Until we all come to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:13].
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth comes by Jesus Christ.8 [You receive grace and truth from Jesus, the Word and Light who is within every man's heart that every man might believe, as you listen to Him and obey Him. If you continue in listening and obeying, (which is to continue in His Word), you will be taught all truth and you will experience the end of grace and be free of sin.]
8 grace and truth comes by Jesus Christ. This verse is typically translated as "came" not "comes." However the original Greek word is egeneto in the Aorist Tense, which is variable in tense, but usually the present tense. There was grace before Jesus' appearance on the earth, as mentioned in the Old Testament; there was truth before Jesus' appearance on the earth, as many times mentioned in the Old Testament. There was salvation before Jesus came to the earth; there was salvation by grace through adherence to the law. Jesus made grace available by faith without works of the law; but not a faith that Jesus is the Son of God, instead the faith that is authored and grown to perfection by Jesus as you hear him speak to you from within your heart that you might obey it; that is the word of faith the Apostles preached. Since Jesus is the grace of God, and since Jesus is the truth, it is simple to understand that grace and truth has come, does come, and will come by Jesus Christ, who is the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, given to every man that he might believe. John 1:9,7. Jesus created the earth and the heavens, and all that is in them; Jesus was the God of Abraham; Jesus was the Rock in the wilderness that the Jews drank from. 1 Cor 10:4. So Jesus coming to the earth did not create grace and truth; but what he did do was:
We must seize the hope of these wonderful promises to be motivated to destroy our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, which is not easy and requires patience and endurance. That is how we follow Jesus to crucify our sinful nature and receive the life of God, when we see the end of grace and we see Jesus bringing our salvation.
The "Age of Grace" brought to us by Jesus is just another invention of the false church, making their abominable instant salvation by grace sound better.