Last Sunday I preached the second part of a message I started last week on Galatians 1:1-5. Paul in wanting to deal with the legalistic Judaizers took a two verses before getting to his usual greeting which is:
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
GRACE…and…PEACE! The true heart beat of the gospel! I put it this way, “Grace is the gateway to real life and victory; peace is our guide and experience of the normal Christian. Martin Luther gives us another way of looking at it. He said, “Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the soul.” How true!!!
We have received this new and wonderful life…the life of JESUS by grace, and we continue to experience His life and walk in victory by grace. As grace becomes a living reality, peace begins to be more and more a normal experience for us. Why? Because God’s grace is certain! We know who we are and “where” we stand because of grace.
D.L. Moody put it this way, “There cannot be any peace where there is uncertainty.” Although this is especially true for the person who does not know God, it is also true for believers who walk by faith in the (gracious) finished work of the cross and the tomb!
So, my dear friend Grace & Peace to YOU from God OUR Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
Rest in Him!
Check out these blogs from pastors at my home church:
Pastor Bob Lehman
Youth Minister Jon
Family & Men’s Pastor Larry Smith