I haven’t posted anything for a while because I have been too busy. This morning I started reading my comments on Ephesians and only got to verse 2. it was a great encouragement to me. It says “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” It is a short verse but it captured my attention for close to 45 minutes. I spent that time studying the verse and adding to my commentary. Here is what I ended up with:
This is a common greeting used by Paul (Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:3, II Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Colossians 1:2, I Thessalonians 1:1, II Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3). God the Father is the source of grace and peace while the Lord Jesus Christ is the one who obtained them for us and the one who brings them to us.
Grace is not only the basis of our salvation (Ephesians 2:8), it supplies the strength of God in our weakness (II Corinthians 12:9). God’s grace is made effective for salvation when we trust fully in Christ for our salvation. It gives strength when we trust fully in God’s ability as we live our lives. Far too many Christians trust Christ for their salvation but have trouble trusting Him for their daily living.
The trust that makes God’ grace effective for salvation and for living brings peace to the heart of those who are truly saved. To have peace with God one must first have saving faith in Christ (Romans 5:1).
Having peace with God leads to the peace of God in our hearts. Phillipians4:6-9 tells us how to have the peace of God in our hearts at all times. First, instead of worrying (being full of care or careful) we are to take everything to God in prayer. We must also remember to be thankful to God in every situation and remember Romans 8:28. Then we are to keep our thoughts focused on those things which are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Finally we are to obey those things we have learned from Scripture. When all of this is done we will have the peace of God because “the God of peace shall be with you [us].
This grace and peace is from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. It is their desire that we live in grace and peace.
The first paragraph is all I had written when I started reading this morning. All of the rest is the result of this morning’s study. It is amazing how much encouragement can come through such a simple verse when one’s heart is disposed to receive it.
At present we are going through a trial which sometimes really pushes our faith to the limit. This study was a real encouragement to me, and hopefully, it will help some of you who are also going through some difficult times.
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