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Summary: "Grace and peace to you ..." Eighteen times we hear this exact greeting or a variation in the pages of the New Testament. Why is this the favored greeting of the apostles?

"Grace and peace to you "

Eighteen times..... we hear this exact greeting..... or a variation of it.... in the pages .....of the New Testament

It is used as the opening sentence from our service of Morning Prayer:

These words should be familiar: "Grace to you and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ" Philippians 1:2

So, ....we often read and hear this greeting:..... "Grace and Peace"..... Yet what does it really mean?

Why is this ....the favored greeting .... of the apostles?

Let us take a look at the apostle John's form of this greeting .....as it was given today ......from the Book of Revelation:

BIBLE "Grace to you ...and peace from him ...who is and who was and who is to come, .... and from the seven spirits .....who are before his throne, .... ?and from Jesus Christ, .....the faithful witness, ....the firstborn of the dead, .....and the ruler of the kings of the earth..... To him who loves us.... and freed us from our sins ......by his blood, " END (Rev 1:4-5)

John is writing To Christians .....who are facing severe persecution .....for their faith..... in Christ Jesus.

John is writing to Christians.... facing imprisonment,.... Death...., temptation..., and severe trials.

He is writing to Christians ....who are being pressured .... to compromise .....their faith.

Beloved....and we are feeling these same birth pangs today.

How do these Christians .....overcome?

How do these Christians..... persevere?

(Slow) How can these Christians finish the race laid before them?

Beloved they do it.....through the ......"Grace and Peace", that is showered .....upon every believer.

The Apostle John later in this book .....shares what these Christians Churches were Facing.

The Christians in Smyrna are facing imprisonment. ( Revelation 2:10).

The Christians in Pergamen (Per-ga-mum) are facing death. (Revelation 2:13)

The Christians in Thyatira (Thy-a-tir-a) are being tempted with evil. (Revelation 2:20)

The Christians in Laodicea have allowed their faith to turn lukewarm. (Revelation 3:15)

They can persevere ... They can overcome ... they can remain faithful ..... through the spiritual infilling ....of ...."grace and peace."

And this grace and peace .... which all believers need .... comes from the triune God. (Pause)

So Let us take a closer look at the connection between each person of the trinity ..... and this grace and peace.

John begins by telling us .....that grace and peace (1 Finger) comes from the Father:..... Hear John's word's to us this day:

"Grace and peace to you from him who is, .... and who was, .... and who is to come ..." (Revelation 1:4)

To understanding the book of Revelation, .... we need to interpret it in the light of ... the Old Testament.

In his greeting .... John is calling us to hear echoes of .....God's greeting to Moses .....out of the burning bush.

God said to Moses, "So now, go. .....I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:10).

Moses protested. "Who am I?" ....... "Who shall I say sent me?" ...... God said, "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:14).

Now, listen again .....to John's greeting this day: "Grace and peace to you from him who is, .... and who was, and ..... who is to come".

Grace and peace comes from..... God Who is, ...... the "I AM," .... Who is the source of all being ... Who is the source of all life.

Grace and peace comes from God who is always present, ..... Who is .....eternally present.

We need to stand on this promise when we are under attack.

We need to stand on this promise when we face opposition.

We need to stand on this promise .....when we are the target of hostility;.... When we are pressured .....to compromise the faith.

The "I AM" ....Who brought Israel out of Egypt..... is with us; ..... And He is showering us .....with his grace and peace. (Pause)

Did you notice the two unique features .....that John shares about .....God the Father?

First of all, ....what John says seems to be ....out of order.

John states ....."him who "is"...... the Present, .....and who was ..... the Past ,.... and who is to come..... The Future"

Present, Past, Future!

We would expect him to say, "him who "was"..... (Past) .....and who is.... (Present) , .....and who is to come. (Future)

" We would expect him to state Past Present Future Yet He has the order Present, Past, Future!

Why this inversion?

I am convinced that John's focus is not on God and His attributes ........ that God is eternal.

Rather, ....John's focus .....is pastoral .... that the eternal God is present, .... at this very moment, with His people. ......He is the God .....who is!

Right now, .....at this very moment .... God is giving grace and peace .....to His people.

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Paul Norman Sr

commented on Feb 12, 2016

I was hoping that you would define grace and peace, you keep telling us we could/would have it, Why did you not define grace and peace? Thanks GOD bless

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Feb 12, 2016

First and foremost thank-you for responding so few people take time to share their thoughts. You are correct in this Message i do not go into an in-dept definition of Peace and Grace though I do in other related Messages. "How to recieve Peace" - "Sucked in, Washed up, and Blown over" - "Grace, Can You Hear The Music Of Faith" - "It Is All About Grace"- "Grace is the Difference" - "The Ledger" Feel free to use descriptions or Illustrations from some or all of these and add to this message if it would be helpful to you in preparing a message. Thank-you again for taking time to respond. Blessings Always Jeff

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Feb 12, 2016

First and foremost thank-you for responding so few people take time to share their thoughts. You are correct in this Message i do not go into an in-dept definition of Peace and Grace though I do in other related Messages. "How to recieve Peace" - "Sucked in, Washed up, and Blown over" - "Grace, Can You Hear The Music Of Faith" - "It Is All About Grace"- "Grace is the Difference" - "The Ledger" Feel free to use descriptions or Illustrations from some or all of these and add to this message if it would be helpful to you in preparing a message. Thank-you again for taking time to respond. Blessings Always Jeff

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