Philippians 1:2 (NIV): "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
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Paul begins all of his letters with two words that sum up Paul’s secret to living a life filled with joy AND these two words are the very essence of the gospel message.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, we’re looking at two words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians that he uses to begin all of his letters. These two words pretty much sum up Paul’s secret to living a life filled with joy AND these two words are the very essence of the gospel message.
In Philippians 1:2, Paul says, “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”
What’s fascinating about this opening is that Paul greets both the Greek and the Hebrew people.
He says grace and peace. Grace is the Greek greeting. And peace is the Hebrew greeting. And they are always in that order. You can’t have peace without God’s grace.
So, first, to the Greeks, Paul says, “Grace to you.” Grace means the favor of God toward the unworthy or undeserving.
Grace is what saves us. It’s a free gift from God offered to all.
Receiving his gift of grace is the only way to eternal life with God. There is nothing you can do to add to God’s grace. And it’s so subtle as we go through life, we start to fall back into a work’s based mentality. If I just do more, I will be assured of my salvation. And that is a lie straight from the enemy. There is only one thing you have to do. Romans 10:9 says that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
And then Paul turns his attention to the Hebrews when he uses the word “peace.”
Now, this word for peace here is my all-time favorite word to study. The word for peace in the Hebrew language is the word “shalom.” It’s even fun to say…shalom.
Shalom means to be complete or whole. It’s the idea that nothing is missing or broken in your life. Other words that describe shalom are peace, harmony, prosperity, and tranquility. I mean, who doesn’t want more of that? Bring it on!
In John 14:27, Jesus says, “My peace (or my shalom) I give to you.”
Once you truly understand your salvation is by grace alone, you find that shalom. You rest in that peace.
And Paul tells us that the source of these blessings are God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, your simple Truth for today: Paul continues to show us the secret to living a life of joy. First receive God’s gift of grace and then that grace will flood your spirit with peace.
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I’m Julie Carruth, I pray that you grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Grace and peace this weekend. God Bless you. I’ll see you again soon.