Jn.1:16 – For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

Paul tried his best to paint spiritual pictures with His words. He loved to use phrases such as faith to faith and glory to glory. These are called “hebraisms”. In today’s verse John tries his hand with these beautiful words”grace upon grace”. This was John’s way to describe the infinite nature of the Lord. He calls this facet of the Lord “grace upon grace”. Grace is the supernatural influence of God on our lives that enables us to see spiritual reality that was foreign to us in the past. One moment we have no interest in spiritual things, the next moment we are swimming with John and Paul in this world of grace to grace. Here is how Augustine describes this verse.

“What, then, is “grace for grace”? By faith we render God favorable to us; and inasmuch as we were not worthy to have our sins forgiven, and because we, who were unworthy, received so great a benefit it is called grace. What is grace? That which is freely given. What is “freely given”? Given, not paid. If it was due, wages were given, not grace bestowed; but if it was reply due, thou wast good; but if, as is true, thou wast evil, but didst believe on Him who justifies the ungodly (What is, Who justifies the ungodly? Of the ungodly He makes pious), consider what did by right hang over thee by the law, and what thou hast obtained by grace. But having obtained that grace of faith, thou shalt be just by faith (for the just lives by faith); and thou shalt obtain favor of God by living by faith.“

So the first moment we taste the grace of God we enter into this beautiful world. What this verse teaches us is that first taste is just that, the beginning of an unfolding, unending, unsearchable encounter with the Living God. He attracts us by grace, satisfies us, sustains us, and inspires us. He helps us in our darkest moments, fills us with unspeakable joy, and gives us a clear understanding of our purpose in life. Grace is more than pardon, it is actually the divine, given influence on our soul that changes our world. So go ahead and get started. Dive into the ocean of grace. Maybe you too will begin to talk this new language describing the indescribable world of God.


  1. “What, then, is “grace for grace”?

    I have always understood this Hebraism by the words of the Lord to His disciples:
    “freely ye have received, freely give”. Matthew 10:8.

    Churches are full of people every Sunday morning who have received God’s grace, as evidenced by the fact that they got out of bed. Hallelujah!

    Victory Fellowship and Ministries continue to touch lives by the hands of those who give grace. Who have received grace, for grace.

    The testimony of Christian maturity is found in the words of Paul:

    Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, “because I have you in my heart”; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel:
    “ye all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:7.

    The unmerited favor of God is a universally accepted theological definition of grace.

    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 2 Co 9:8.

    A Holy Ghost definition of grace: the all sufficiency of God that enables us to abound in every good work in service to the body of Christ.

    Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 2 Co 8:7.

    Since it is still better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), continue to freely give, for we have received of His Fullness.

    ” because I have you in my heart,”
    brother Jim, and 12 legions of angels.

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