Sometimes we want to cooperate with grace, but not truth, so we end up claiming God’s favor without every actually admitting or repenting of any sin. Sometimes we want to cooperate with truth but not grace, so we think our sins are too bad or we can’t be forgiven. John the Baptist shows that grace and truth is not an “either/or”; it’s a “both/and.” In other words, grace and truth cooperate with each other, and so we need to cooperate with grace and truth. We need to acknowledge the truth of our sinfulness, and then move on to trust the grace of God’s mercy.
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