John 1:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:16, NIV: "Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given."

John 1:16, ESV: "For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace."

John 1:16, KJV: "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace."

John 1:16, NASB: "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace."

John 1:16, NLT: "From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another."

John 1:16, CSB: "Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness,"

What does John 1:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ultimate expression of God's love for mankind is grace. Grace is best described as being given what you do not deserve. This is different from mercy, which means not getting what you actually do deserve. The Greek phrasing could be translated as "grace upon grace," or "grace in place of grace." This implies a constant, overflowing gift. As believers, we are constantly being inundated with the grace of God, on behalf of Jesus Christ. This begins with God reaching out to us for salvation. John 3:16 specifies that God acted out His love for us by sending His Son to keep us from dying in our own sins. Beyond that, He continually makes us more and more like Him (Romans 8:29; Colossians 3:10). This is part of the right which was mentioned in John 1:12. As children of God, we are not only rescued, we're honored and changed. No matter how much we need, God keeps making us more and more like Him.