THURSDAY September 14, 2017
God’s Grace and Peace
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 1:3
The greeting given to the church of Corinth began with an important word––grace. Why? We are saved by grace: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Grace was a salutation given by the Greeks, whereas the word Shalom––meaning “peace,” was a common greeting given by the Hebrews. The title in the greeting, the Lord Jesus Christ can be broken down to mean: Lord, which speaks of His title and indicates relationship. Jesus is His name, which represents Him to be our Savior. The word Christ, means “Messiah, He is the anointed one of God.”
Now we can receive a full picture of who Christ is––God: For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). As we grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ, the more we shall understand the grace and peace of God.
Paul, in this greeting, also invites us to come into this wonderful grace. We are saved by grace, not by works. When we experience the true grace of God, then we shall experience the true peace of God.
We cannot understand the peace of God, until we understand the grace of God. I hope thatall Christians will come to know more about God’s grace and experience a greater peace of God in their lives. Remember, the Lord is ever-present. He is always in the presence of our lives.
We will never properly understand the work of God which takes place in the Christian life unless we first of all have some kind of grasp of why we need the grace of God.
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