Friday, March 24, 2006

John 1:16-18

16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

One blessing after another? Well, at this point, I guess I should say I don't know what this means, but maybe some other time I will.

17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Oh, this may be what I always hear in church about that the Old Testament doesn't mean anything anymore, but that the New Testament is what we are to go by. Then again, they teach us the Ten Commandments at school. Hmm... Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Maybe I should look up the word "grace." Truth, now I know what that means. It means what is true! So is this saying that Moses didn't have any truth? Hey, I would appreciate some help if anybody can offer some.

18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

I am going to assume that "God the One and Only" is again referring to the person in the first few verses of this chapter, the Word made flesh - Jesus, right? Jesus is who this book is about. I am getting the picture! Jesus, who is right there with God, who is God (this must be the trinity?) has shown us God. I think that is what i just read.

Well, that is a lot to take in. I ponder.

11 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

Rosie,

One day in March of 2006 you will have a bad cold. So I will say this to you then...I hope you feel better!

Moses did his job in pointing people to Christ. You see, the law that God gave to Moses was designed to show people that they needed a Savior. The law showed the people God's holiness. No human could live up to it. Those who realized this began to embrace God's promises to send the Consolation of Israel. Read Luke 2:25-38. Also, read Gal.3:19-29.

Get well soon- in the future, of course.

Attack Sheep

12:04 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Is he trying to be a prophet again?

16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

I think the point here is that those who have received Christ receive many benefits, not just forgiveness from sin and salvation from hell. The Christians recieves a new nature that desires to follow Christ, he receives the aid of the Holy Spirit in doign right, he is able to know the love of God, he is able to come to God in prayer through Christ and able to look to the hope of going to heaven.

'17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.'

The ten commandments show us how we have failed to meet God's standards. They cannot save, because none of us can keep them. Nevertheless, through Christ we receive grace in fogiveness for sin.

God Bless

Matthew

6:59 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger bluecollar said...

Rosie,

What Matthew said is so true:

"The Christians recieves a new nature that desires to follow Christ, he receives the aid of the Holy Spirit in doign right, he is able to know the love of God, he is able to come to God in prayer through Christ and able to look to the hope of going to heaven."

Matthew teaches very well!

10:12 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Rosie said...

Bluecollar,
Do people still get colds in 2006? I thought they would cure that by then. How would you know?
I'm a little confused about Moses pointing to Christ. He didn't know about Christ, did he? If he did, wow! He would have had some great insight into the future. I never ever heard that about the Ten Commandments. Why do you say no man could live up to it? What if he tried really hard? Isn't that the point?

Mark,
I will save those references you have listed. Maybe sometime in the future I will be inclined to look them up and compare. For now, though, it is a big thing for me to read the book of John and I think I am just going to stick with it. I really appreciate your help!

P.S.
What is an attack sheep?
I think both you and DF are helpful teachers.

10:32 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Rosie said...

DF,
I don't know. Bluecollar seems to have some great insight into the future. He says Moses had an even greater insight. I am amazed at the things he has said. In fact, I will be thinking of Moses in a different light now. We can't keep the Ten Commandments ....
hmmm... I better not tell the nuns.

DF,
A new nature? That sounds pretty new to me. A new nature ... Do you mean a new disposition? Do you mean the person is nicer who believes in Jesus ... or "receives Him" (not real sure what that is yet). He desires to follow Christ? I would be amazed if that ever happened to me. I am not interested in religion at all. I will read on, this sounds very refreshing ... all this grace you speak of.

What you say about the tem commandments is almost the same as what bluecollar said. I NEVER HAVE HEARD THAT! We can't keep them? Why not? I mean, I know that I have broken some, but, like, Mother Theresa surely is keeping them.
Forgiveness of sin? The preists say they give us this. I have an idea you don't mean the same thing as they do. ;~)

Thanks for your great help! I am really enjoying reading through this book. (more than I ever thought I would!)

10:41 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger bluecollar said...

"For now, though, it is a big thing for me to read the book of John and I think I am just going to stick with it."

Sorry to get off course Rosie. Won't happen again.

11:00 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Rosie said...

Bluecollar!
It is OK. Don't be sorry. I am just telling you that for right now, little ole me is not going to look up a lot of stuff because I am busy enough in my mind with the book of John. Thank you for your help. :^)

11:04 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Well, certainly a person who believes in Jesus for eternal life should receive a new disposition. This comes through having the Holy Spirit come to dwell within him. Not an easy truth to full appreciate.

One receives Christ by faith. By recognising that through His death and resurrection one has eternal life.

It is the same as when you receive a Christmas present; you believe by faith that it is a present and not something that you are borrowing or that you are being sold something. Faith is a simple thing.

God Bless

Matthew

11:20 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger bluecollar said...

Rosie,

Again what Matthew has said is so true.

I will not give you anymore scriptures to have to look up, but Moses' intent and ministry was to point people to the Savior. (Deut.18:15-18...oops, sorry). One day you will read the first 5 books of the Old Test.- Moses, under the influence of the Holy Spirit wrote them- and count how many prophesies of the coming Christ you see.

Get well soon

11:36 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger bluecollar said...

Oops. I meant inspiration, not influence

11:39 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

BTW, I do like that song by Rush. I am probably one of the few people in my generation who have listened to that album.

Choosing not to decide is still a choice.

God Bless

Matthew

4:24 PM, March 25, 2006  

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