Philippians 1:2 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you. Grace is from the word, charis. It is the root for charity, and it was a customary greeting of the day. It simply meant “greetings” or “favor.” Peace was a similar greeting among the Jews. Even today it is common for church members to greet each other with the word, shalom, meaning peace.
Paul combines these two customary greetings into one, “Grace and peace.” Then Paul transforms this ordinary greeting with the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the rest of civilization was hoping for grace and peace, Paul was able to declare it. Paul named the source of grace and peace, and he transformed the ordinary greeting into an extraordinary proclamation of the gospel. The world hoped for charity and even wished it for others, but Paul knew that true grace came from God. The world dreams of peace, but Paul knew that nobody could experience peace unless they had made peace with God.
I join the Apostle Paul in declaring to you, “Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” I sincerely hope for the fullest measure of grace for you. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. It is unmerited because every one of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. How wonderful that God’s love is greater than any sin (Romans 5:8). I also hope for the peace of God in your life and your home. You must make peace with God before you can have the peace of God. Admit your sin and cry out to God for salvation. God is faithful to forgive those who confess their sins (1 John 1:9).
Let us obey the gospel and then declare it with our words and our lives. Let us transform the ordinary things of this world into extraordinary declarations of the glory of God. Worship the Lord as you greet each other in the community. Worship the Lord as you parent your children. Worship the Lord as you work. Do it all as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24).
Grace and peace to you, grace and peace to your home, and grace and peace to our community from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.