A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 5
February 27, 2013
A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 6
March 1, 2013
A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 5
February 27, 2013
A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 6
March 1, 2013

Peace, Love, Faith, and Grace

Bright sunrise over the ocean at Daytona Beach. 2012

Bright sunrise over the ocean at Daytona Beach. 2012

“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” Ephesians 6:23-24

This is how Paul ends his letter to the Ephesians. I like the beginning of his letter. He speaks four important ingredients into the hearer’s ears and life. These probably should be the foundation of every sermon.

First, peace to the brethren. Peace is quietness of soul. Don’t be anxious or worried. The Hebrew word Shalom is nothing missing and nothing broken. All is at peace. Peace was the angel’s declaration to the earth at the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:14) He brought peace to the turmoil of existence. This peace passes understanding. (Philippians 4:7) This is the peace from the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Second, love. The greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Jesus left us with this commandment to love one another even as He loved us. (John 15:12) God is love. (1 John 4:6) This love brought us Jesus. For God so loved. (John 3:16) We are known as the disciples of Jesus by our love for one another. (John 13:35)

Third, faith. We are saved by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) We live by faith. (Romans 1:17) We walk by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Faith is what gives God the permission to work on our behalf.

Fourth. Grace. Grace is not the least or the last. God’s love countered the sin in the world by giving us Jesus His only begotten son. (John 3:16) “God so loved He gave.” Grace is a gift. It is our gift undeserved. It is giving us what we don’t deserve because Jesus took upon Himself what we did deserve. We are saved, delivered, protected, healed, rescued, made prosperous and loved. Without grace we would be under the penalty and punishment of the law. Jesus became sin that God might see us as if we had never sinned.

This is all wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our master and Lord. He is Jesus, fully man and fully God—Immanuel. He is the Christ, the messiah, the anointed one who came and dwelt among us. He brought truth and grace.