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Thursday, January 17, 2019

   ”And of his fullness we have all received, and grace for/instead of grace (καὶ χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος / и благодать возблагодать). For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn 1: 16-17)

     Jesus Christ offers us the “fullness” of grace and truth, because He is the Source of both. But this doesn’t mean that God’s created world, or our lives, were utterly devoid of truth or grace, before His coming into them, because no living creature can “be” without the grace- and truth-filled breath of the Creator. In communion with Christ, however, we are given His fullness of grace, “instead of” or “for” the grace we had by virtue of “merely” being, biologically. As St. John Chrysostom writes, commenting on this passage: “And what have we received? He sa...

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