And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22)

 When was the last time you stopped to consider the “gracious words” which our Lord has spoken? As I think about what Christ said in the course of his ministry and even more so the sheer magnitude of what might rightly be called the Word of God, grace seems to be the last thing that comes to mind.  I am quick to think of the word of God as being powerful. For it was by the word of God that the world came into being (Gen 1) and it by the Word of Christ that the world is upheld (Heb 1). There is nothing that is or has been or that will be that is not dependent about the word of God for its existence.  I am quick to think of the truthfulness and the authority that His Word carries. As the sovereign ruler of the entire universe, when He speaks He is to be obeyed. In fact, His Word is Truth (Jn 17:17). What God has revealed is truth. There is nothing that can rightly be called truth that does not depend upon the Word of God for its veracity. But to think that His words are gracious, what a wonderful that should be indeed, for the one who was full of truth was also full of grace (Jn 1:14). It is by His gracious words that we behold the glory of the gospel in the face of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4-6). It is by His gracious words that our sins are made known to us and we are warned about the wrath that awaits our disobedience. It is by His gracious words that we come to know the propitiation that He has made for our transgressions. And it is by His gracious words that we are sanctified. So the next time you pick up your Bible and student the Word of God, remember that it is not only Word of Power and of Truth, but also a Word of Grace.

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