Grace And Peace To You
Philosophy View of Grace
Smoothness and elegance of movement.
Courteous good will.
In Christian belief the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Biblical view of Grace
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV
Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
2nd Timothy 1:9 KJV
Philosophy View of Peace
Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.
A state or period in which there is no war, or a war has ended.
A ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some Churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity.
Biblical View of Peace
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Galatians 5:22 KJV
Have you ever had the chance to give a good word of encouragement to someone or give someone a gift and they say God’s grace and peace be with you! Wow, wouldn’t that make you feel special?
There are several scriptures in the Bible which GRACE precedes PEACE. Grace and Peace are two of the greatest words, and Paul used these two words in his greeting in all his letters. Here Paul began his letter to the church in Thessalonica with the prayer, may our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
The Greek word for grace was related to the common Greek greeting. It means kindness or goodwill. Our experience of God’s kindness and goodwill is based on what God did in Christ when he put sin away and made salvation available to us as a free gift. Grace” is one of the most important concepts in the Bible, Christianity, and the world. It is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ. Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favour of God.
According to Romans 3:23 we have sin and fallen short but in His grace, God is willing to forgive us and bless us, despite the fact that we fall short of living righteously and unworthy still God favoured us.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
Romans 3:23 KJV
Modern, secular definitions of grace relates to a person's "elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action; or a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment."
Grace always brings benefits and one of these benefits is reflected in the word “peace” which the Apostle always associates with God’s grace. I think that the order is relevant, first grace and then peace. Until we know and appropriate grace, we can’t experience peace.
Ways of how grace and peace can be multiplied to us
Grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Grace and peace be multiplied to us in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Grace and peace can (that special sense of spiritual well-being) be multiplied to us in the (having that true and intimate time with him) knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
The Apostle assures us that only in the full knowledge of our Lord can grace and peace be multiplied to us.
The common Hebrew greetings was Peace, meaning Shalom. This word has to do with a harmonious state of being a lack of hostility from others and a sense of well-being within. We cannot have true peace until God’s grace deals with our sin. Grace summarises God’s gift, while peace summarises the result of that gift. Peace described felt grace.
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:1-2
Paul often described God as “the God of peace” or “the God who gives peace.” Paul prayed for peace of mind for his converts. May the Lord of peace himself always give you his peace, no matter what happens.
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
2nd Thessalonians 3:6 KJV
Paul also promised the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Romans 16:20 KJV
In that great day when Christ comes again, there will be peace indeed. To the believers in Corinth, Paul wrote; live in harmony and peace then the God of love and peace will be with you.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
2nd Corinthians 13:11 KJV
I want to thank the Apostle Paul for reminding us as Christians how-to live-in peace. Paul told the Philippians to keep putting everything into practise all that they have learned from him and heard from him and saw him doing, and the God of peace will be with them Take out space with you. God gives peace as we remember what he has done and as we put his instructions into practise.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do and the God of peace shall be with you.
Philippians 4:9 KJV
I would like to ask; do you know anyone who needs peace of mind or heart? If you do, tell that person about the peace of God.
Do you know anyone crushed by Satan? Remind him or her that Satan will soon be crushed when the Prince of Peace returns.
Do you know anyone who needs to put right what is wrong in order to live, speak and think rightly? Encourage that person to the end and give him or her a model to follow just as Paul the Apostle did. As you model the life of peace that comes from grace others will be compelled to follow suit.
Through the Bible there are many scriptures proven that GRACE first before it can be Peace. And its prevalence in the Bible reminds us that this is indeed, how it has to work; without Grace, there is no Peace! When you experience the GRACE of God you will enjoy Peace with God. And when you enjoy Peace with God, you will always experience the Peace OF God.
Bible Verse on Grace and Peace Taken From King James Version
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
2nd Thessalonians 1:2
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.’ 2nd Peter 1:2
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Chris
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne. Revelation 1:4
Let the Grace and peace of God continue to reign abundantly in your lives.