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Grace Upon Grace

This past week we worked through John 1.16 “For of His fullnes we have all received, and grace upon grace.” What does the phrase “grace upon grace” mean? Martin Luther expressed it this way:

The sun is not dimmed and darkened by shining on so many people or by providing the entire world with its light and splendor. It retains its light intact. It loses nothing; it is immeasurable, perhaps able to illumine ten more worlds. I suppose that a hundred thousand candles can be ignited from one light, and still this light will not lose any of its brilliance…. Thus Christ, our Lord to whom we must flee and of whom we must ask all, is an interminable well, the chief source of all grace… Even if the whole world were to draw from this fountain enough grace and truth to transform all people into angels, still it would not lose as much as a drop. This fountain constantly overflows with sheer grace.

~ Luther


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