Grace & Peace to you
A true apostolic greeting is ‘grace & peace to you!’ In almost every apostolic epistle (although Bible Translators preferred to call these letters of apostles ‘The Pastoral Epistles’ thereby ignoring ongoing apostolic ministry) you will find the greeting, ‘grace & peace to you’.
During the Charismatic era Pastors loved to create their own slogans for their churches and greeted the people with their latest positive catchphrase like: ‘God is good – all the time – all the time- God is good!’ Because they did not want to know anything about suffering hardship for Christ’s sake or being persecuted for the Word’s sake.
Positive Thinking of Norman Vincent Peale came over into the humanistic charismatic churches in the form of positive faith where they negate anything they regard as negative in the Bible! So they never use the word ‘suffering’ or ‘lack’ because it is not being positive. Thus they negate half of the Bible. God is seen as a means to an end and the end is all they want out of life. This half-truth teaching left many believers disillusioned when things happened to them that they did not approve of. They hate God and turn against the church because things did not turn out as they confessed it. Faith to them was a mystical mantra like the Metaphysical & Christian Science use of Scripture, making positive statements to suit themselves. They did not learn to deny themselves and to take up their cross to follow the Master.
In the Apostolic Reformation we have taken the whole Bible as the truth, not just the parts we like. That is how the church is being reformed today. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
So we greet our church members in church or send them away with the apostolic greeting: ‘grace & peace to you’ because that is what the Apostles did. If people can receive it, their lives will be impacted by the apostolic greeting!
Romans 1:7: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace imparts spiritual gifts to us and refreshes us. Grace makes our lives fruitful. Grace helps us not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and then the Greek, for in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written: ‘the just shall live by faith.’ (v. 16 & 17)
I Corinthians 1:3 & II Corinthians 1: 3: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace is given in an apostolic decree to enrich all believers and supply the necessary gifting and confirm them in the faith, helping them to become blameless in true
Christian fellowship with God and one another and to have utterance given to them in the Holy Ghost and true knowledge of Jesus Christ. Grace helps us to endure our hardships for the sake of other believers. Apostles bear the burden of churches.
Grace comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those, who are in any trouble, with the comfort, with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
(II Cor 1:4)
Galatians 1:3: Grace to you and peace form God the Father and our lord Jesus Christ.
This grace keeps us in the true Gospel and keeps us away from perverted gospels that are accursed. The True Gospel is by revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul says God separated him from his mother’s womb to reveal Christ in him so that he could preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the gentiles.
Ephesians 1:3: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace keeps us in the blessing of God because He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will. T the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself that the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ – both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him. Grace gives us an inheritance that will not pass away. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of the promises of God. Grace tells us we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph 1:10)
Philippians 1:2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Apostolic grace is also released through an apostle praying for the church: ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.’ (v.4-6)
Colossians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace gives a hopeful future. That is why we need to preach the eternal Gospel in all the world that it might produce fruit when people know the grace of God in truth. Grace will strengthen you to walk worthy with patience and longsuffering. Grace sees to it that God’s power is relative to our need. Grace reminds us that we have been delivered form the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (v.13, 14)
I Thessalonians 1:1: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace helps us do the work of faith and labor of love and ensuring our election in Christ Jesus. Grace helps you to receive the word of God with joy in the Holy Spirit even if you go through affliction. Grace helps us to spread the word of God to other parts of the world. (v. 6-8)
II Thessalonians 1:2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace makes sure our faith grows and love abounds. Grace gives us patience and faith in all our persecutions and tribulations that we endure. (v.4)
I Timothy 1:2: Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grace keeps our hearts pure and our conscience good making our faith sincere.
II Timothy 1:2: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Grace makes our faith genuine and reminds us to stir up the gift of God which we received by the laying on of hands of the apostle’s hands. Grace tells us: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Tim 1:7)
We stir up the impartational gift and draw on that grace and hold fast to the pattern of sound words.
Titus 1:4: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Grace prepares Elders & Deacons for the church to set things in order in the church.
Philemon 1:3: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Law condemns us, but we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:8)
Grace makes the sharing of our faith effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (v.6) Grace continually refreshes our spirits.
Grace makes you fulfill your potential as Onesimus (‘useful’) became useful to Philemon after Paul’s epistle that provided the grace to Philemon to receive the thief Onesimus back into service.
In Addis Ababa, Apostle Lemma prayed for me: ‘Jesus we respect you. Give our brother grace to do miracles.’ (05 June 2010)
I prayed 12 October 1999: Oh God give me partners to stand with Nola & I in faith, prayer support and finances to do your will oh God! Let others catch the vision of a body of believers world wide!
In the Congo I received this word 06 July 2010: ‘Doors are opening to all the nations of the world and God will provide everything for you. You will live till you’re old.’
We don’t know who wrote the book of Hebrews. It could be Paul, but there is no apostolic greeting. James was a Pastor and there is no apostolic greeting in his book either. Peter’s first epistle does not have the apostolic greeting, but his second epistle does.
II Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Grace reminds us the power of God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue and given us great and precious promises that we might partake of the divine nature of God and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Pet 1: 4)
John’s second epistle echoes the apostolic greeting:
II John 1:3: Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Grace helps us to walk in truth and to love one another. It guards us from Anti-Christ teaching and false doctrine.
Jude 1:2: Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.
Grace & mercy helps us to contend earnestly for the faith to avoid men that turn the grace of God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace helps us to keep ourselves in the love of God looking for His mercy and praying in the Holy Ghost to build ourselves up on our most holy Faith. (v.20 & 21)
The New Testament ends with the book of Revelation written by John the Apostle.
Revelation 1:4: 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 from the dead and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and washed from our sins in His own blood and has made us kings and priest to His God and Father to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.