Grace for Grace
16And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Grace is the inexplicable initiative of Infinite Love. It is the gift of blessing and inclusion by God which we never could have hoped for, and did nothing to deserve.
But before such blessing could arrive we had to be given another blessing, the softening and ability to receive. Imagine the one year-old, unsteady on young legs, being given a little rocking chair. But first Mother must clear the path to it and help the little one position himself in it.
How winsome and considerate and sovereign is our loving Lord. No persuasive argument, no logical loop, no breathtaking beauty of creation, no heart-moving music, no fiery denunciation of sin will do the job. Only the softening of the heart, the quickening input of the Word of Life and the drawing by the Father.
Hear Jesus' words in John 6:
44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.