John 1:16

THE PREACHER:

Charles S. Duthie has been since 1944 Principal and Professor of Systematic Theology, Scottish Congregational College, Edinburgh. After a distinguished career at Aberdeen University, where he graduated in Arts and Divinity, he was ordained in 1936. Army chaplain during most of World War II, he is a leading supporter of the Tell Scotland movement and was the First President of the Scottish Pastoral Association. Dr. Duthie has written God in His World, on the theology of evangelism.

THE TEXT:

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace (KJV).

And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace (RSV).

THE SERIES

This is the sixth sermon in our 1962 series in which CHRISTIANITY TODAY presents messages from preachers in Great Britain and the Continent. Future issues will include sermons by Dr. A. Skevington Wood, Minister of Southlands Methodist Church, York; the Rev. William R. Mackay, Hospital Chaplain in Scotland; and President Jean Cadier, of the Reformed Faculty at Montpellier, France.

This might be called an old text with a new meaning-thanks to our recent translations of the New Testament. It is true that the rendering of the King James Version can still be made to yield its measure of truth. “Grace for grace” or “grace in exchange for grace” would refer to the fact that the life of the Christian is rooted in God’s grace from its beginning to its end, one grace being exchanged for another as that life continues. But the original word translated “for” can quite legitimately be rendered “upon” or “after” to give this significant alternative: “From his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace, grace after grace—grace succeeding grace, grace heaped on grace, grace without end.” ...

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