He Is Full of Grace and Truth – 2 Nephi 2:6

6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

In describing the redemptive power of the Savior in this passage, Lehi paired two attributes: grace and truth. Jesus is also described in these terms in the Bible (John 1:14), in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 66:12, D&C 93:11), and in the Pearl of Great Price (Moses 1:6, 32; Moses 5:7Moses 6:52; Moses 7:11).

  • Grace means divine assistance. It is the power God gives us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ to help us accomplish God’s work in spite of our mortal limitations. (See Bible Dictionary, “Grace.”)
  • Truth is a correct understanding of things past, present, and future. It is a correct perception of things as they actually are, not as we wish them to be. (See D&C 93:24.)
Without truth, grace would be empty. If God could simply ignore true principles or make exceptions to universal law, then grace would be in conflict with truth. But as Alma teaches his son Corianton, grace is valuable because it is costly. God will not override universal law, and so He had to pay an infinite price to save us:

But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God….
What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God (Alma 42:22, 25).

Today I will remember those twin attributes of Jesus Christ. I will remember that He can save us and empower us to accomplish the work we are called to do. I will also remember His perfect adherence to truth. As I have the opportunity to serve others, I will strive to emulate these twin attributes by striving to perceive accurately the circumstances of those I serve and by applying true principles in my service.

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2 Responses to He Is Full of Grace and Truth – 2 Nephi 2:6

  1. Hi Paul,

    Great comments on this scripture. I recently read the same and this phrase of “full of grace and truth” has stuck out to me. Funny that it's never grabbed me in the same way. I appreciate your insight which I found because I was curious if there was some commentary out there directly on that phrase. I was interested when I saw it repeated so many times in the scriptures, almost exactly.

    One additional insight I thought of was really in line with what you're already saying. But these two attributes of grace and truth are really how the Lord works out the Atonement in our behalf. He faces the demands of justice, satisfying the eternal laws of heaven for the Father (truth); then turns and offers us mercy (grace). Kind of along the lines of the Mediator parable that Elder Packer gave.

    Appreciate the thoughts and have a good one,
    Jim

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  2. I like that imagery of truth as the Savior faces our Father in Heaven to attest that the law has been fulfilled, then grace as He turns to offer us salvation. It's a vivid illustration of the central role the Savior plays in the plan of salvation. Thanks for your comment!

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