Receive Grace and Give to Those Who Hear

New JerusalemThe New Testament building work is spiritual, not material, in nature. It culminates in New Jerusalem. The Lord Jesus is the real Builder, and He is building through believers who cooperate with Him.

Ephesians 4:29 says our words can build up. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up, according to the need, that it may give grace to those who hear.” According to this verse, words which convey grace to the hearers are good for building up.

John 1:1 and 14 tell us that the eternal Word, who is God, became flesh and was “full of grace and reality.” Verse 16 continues, “of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”

Grace is what we receive from Jesus Christ, especially through opening to Him as the living Word of God when we open the Bible, the written word of God. We in turn convey this grace to others by speaking to them.

This receiving and distributing is like the Lord’s feeding of the multitudes. He blessed and broke the bread and gave it to the disciples; they distributed to the multitudes what they had received from Him. This also parallels John’s words, “we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us” (1 John 1:2). Whatever the Lord manifests or gives to us, we can report to others.

Let us continue to receive and speak grace to others for our building up. Lord Jesus, thank You that You are grace to us. Attract us to Yourself and Your word every day that we may continue to receive and to share with others.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. The New Testament served as the basis for many of the lyrics of “Amazing Grace”. The first verse, for example, can be traced to the story of the Prodigal Son . In the Gospel of Luke the father says, “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost, and is found”. The story of Jesus healing a blind man who tells the Pharisees that he can now see is told in the Gospel of John . Newton used the words “I was blind but now I see” and declared “Oh to grace how great a debtor!” in his letters and diary entries as early as 1752.

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