ISN’T IT INTERESTING THAT IN EVERY BOOK OF THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT the Apostle Paul wrote, with the exception of Hebrews (he may have not written Hebrews), thirteen (13) in all, for his introduction he uses the words GRACE and PEACE! Is there a subliminal message there?
The definition of GRACE is: “a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior:” Synonyms are: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness, lenity, leniency, reprieve. An allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied. Cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension, freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity, a state of tranquillity.”
In Theology GRACE may mean “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.”
The definition of PEACE is: God’s plan for your life is PEACE! It is “a state of mutual harmony. The end of hostilities. a cessation from strife and dissention.” If you don’t have it, you may justifiably ask why. It was understandable for Jesus to cry “with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, WHY have you forsaken me?’” (Mark 15:34 (kjv))
Jesus paid the penalty with his justifying Blood for our sin. SALVATION (1) TOOK PLACE AND (2) WAS TAKING PLACE!
Paul was the guy named Saul who went through the countryside murdering Christians. The Lord saw fit to knock him off his horse, blinding him in order to give him GRACE and PEACE. No wonder Paul spoke profusely of the GRACE and PEACE that Jesus gives!
“To all that be in Rome, … Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7 KJV
To those in Corinth he wrote: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:3 KJV
“Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:2
And to those in Galatia: “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,” Galatians 1:3 KJV
Ephesus: “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2 KJV
Philippi: “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:2 KJV
“ … Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:2 KJV
“ … Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1 KJV
“Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:2 KJV
“Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2
“To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 2 Timothy 1:2
“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 1:4 KJV
“Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philemon 1:3 KJV
THEREFORE, THE GREAT GOD OF HEAVEN PLANNED FOR US TO HAVE GRACE AND PEACE THROUGH HIS JUSTIFYING BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
One thought on “WHY?”
On Sunday our minister asked us to list what we wanted to change in the New Year. I wrote more PEACE. I was not talking about world peace but peace in my spirit. I really like that song that is being sung today, “Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, may I be singing when the evening comes.” For us older ones like myself the evening is the end of our lives. So may I always have peace—perhaps I should focus on grace????