Feeling Alone?
February 1, 2013
Grace and Truth for 2013
February 3, 2013
Feeling Alone?
February 1, 2013
Grace and Truth for 2013
February 3, 2013

Grace and Peace Be Unto You.

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“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:1-2

Most of us consider Paul as the apostle of grace. In his 3-year indoctrination in the desert, God gave him the revelation of the doctrine of grace in greater measure than other apostles. He lived by grace. He spoke grace, and even in his salutations, he pronounced grace to the hearers.

I suspect that whenever he began to speak he started by saying “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Several things jump out at me from this statement.

First, I don’t think this was Paul’s hello. I think he was actually speaking a blessing of grace and peace. He was conferring grace and peace to others, including you and me. He was also reminding the hearer of the importance of grace in their lives. Bought by the blood of Jesus, you must receive God’s grace by faith—by believing. Grace—God’s gracious gift, is a far greater gift than we could ever know. Our desire is to know that grace and favor of God.

I think peace is a part of God’s grace. Paul said, “Grace to you” and added “and peace” because born out of grace, peace is something we all want. We want peace of mind, soul, and peace in our bodies. We also need peace in our situations and circumstances as well as peace with our neighbors.

Second, the grace and peace of God, spoken by Paul is to you. We are the recipients of God’s amazing grace. Even though God has given every believer the gift of grace, we can receive a greater knowledge and understanding of that gift. We can’t know what we don’t know. I think God is opening up what this great gift is this year.

Third, the gift of grace and peace is from God our father. It comes as unmerited favor. Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. It’s not something we can work for or assist in any way. All we need to do is receive it. It is a gift. God hands us this astonishing gift and all we have to do is take it by faith.

Fourth, it also comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. These three words describe Jesus in indescribable ways. He is the Lord. He is our maker, sustainer, master, and King. He is Jesus, that name above all names through whom we are saved. He came into the world to restore the dominion of the earth back to man. Thus redeeming us from sin and putting us in right relationship with God. Moreover, he is the Christ, the anointed on, the Messiah.

In one short sentence, God has given us the gospel of grace. Grace and peace be unto you.