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Never Too Much Grace

It’s not uncommon for Christians to say to each other and to others something like, “May the Lord bless you.” Or “Blessings to you.” Or “Have a blessed day.” A letter or text or email might also end with this same kind of phrase.

I have always liked the way Paul routinely began and ended all his letters. Something like, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” Paul never tired of reminding Christians that God’s grace through Christ was the bedrock of their salvation. Even Philemon, which has only one chapter, begins and ends with “grace.”

Romans 1:7 (NIV)–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 16:20–“The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

I Corinthians 1:3–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I Corinthians 16:23–“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”

II Corinthians 1:2–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

II Corinthians 13:14–“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Galatians 1:3–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…”

Galatians 6:18–“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.”

Ephesians 1:2–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 6:24–“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”

Philippians 1:2–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 4:23–“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

Colossians 1:2–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”

Colossians 4:18–“Grace be with you.”

I Thessalonians 1:1–“Grace and peace to you.”

I Thessalonians 5:26–“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

II Thessalonians 1:2–“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

II Thessalonians 3:18–“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

I Timothy 1:2–“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I Timothy 6:21–“Grace be with you all.”

II Timothy 1:2–“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II Timothy 4:22–“Grace be with you all.”

Titus 1:4–“Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”

Philemon, vs. 3–“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philemon, vs. 25–“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

The beginning and ending of Paul’s letters also became his signature. We might want to consider sometimes beginning and ending our communications with “grace.”

(For a long time, Paul was considered to be the author of Hebrews. Some still attribute authorship to Paul. However, most modern scholars believe that someone else wrote Hebrews. There is no consensus on who it was. Interestingly, Hebrews doesn’t begin with a mention of grace, although the end of Hebrews is: “Grace be with you all,” the same ending for I Timothy and II Timothy. Also, unlike the other letters of Paul, there is no claim of Paul’s authorship at the beginning of Hebrews as there is at the beginning of Paul’s other letters.)

Now, I will end this post with: May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you.

2 comments… add one
  • Jeanette Gardner February 13, 2017, 12:02 PM

    Good one John

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