More Than a Greeting 24 May Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever stopped to think what that phrase Grace be to you actually means? I think most people just read over it assuming its just a greeting of sorts. Well, its far more powerful than that. The Apostle Paul said, I am what I am by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10)! Acts 14:3 says that Gods Word is the word of His grace. Then in Acts 20:32, it says that the word of grace is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Man, that is far too powerful to just be a greeting on a letter! Most believers have treated the subject of Gods grace too lightly. For some reason, in the minds of most people, its something vague with no real definition, other than maybe Gods favor, or unmerited [undeserved] favor, as The Amplified Bible says. It certainly is that, all right, but left with just that, without a vital revelation of its power, it leaves you without understanding of something Jesus died for us to stand in. The Word says we are heirs of grace. Partakers of it. Built up by it. Justified by it. Made all sufficient by it in all things. Made to abound to all good works by it. Saved by it through faith. The Word also says we should grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18). No one can grow in anything from God without spending time in His Word (1 Peter 2:2). Gods grace is mentioned more than 120 times in the New Testament alone! That should be enough to let us know that we should be spending a whole lot more of our time studying and meditating on it. After all, it has been deposited in the reborn spirit of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and made Him Lord of his or her life (1 Corinthians 1:4). Grace is powerful. It is Gods willingness to enter into covenant with you, authorizing you to live in Him and giving you the right to authorize Him to come live in you, and live out His life through you. Read that over and over until you get understanding of it in your spirit. Grace is a powerful force that you need, to do the things Gods called you to do. So dig into the Word. Let the spirit of revelation reveal it to you. Let it become far more than a greeting on a letter.1 Kings 9-10; Galatians 3Grace and peace have been given to me from God my Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:2
Scripture Reading: Romans 5