Grace and Peace (Galatians 1:3)

Grace and peace: these are familiar words and this phrase is found several times in scripture.  But why does the Apostle use these words?  Is it merely a kind of formal greeting or are these words intentional?

Grace is God doing a divine work in the heart that manifests itself in the life of a person.  This happens at salvation, but it also takes place in other areas.  The fruit of the Spirit is a work of his grace and these are manifested in every area of the believer’s life.  In short, grace is when God does through us what we are unable to do ourselves or God enables us to be something beyond the scope of our ability.  So in actuality, “grace to you” means: May God grant you the ability to do and be what you are unable.

The word peace comes from the word which means “to set at one”.  This is much like when a bone is broken and a doctor sets it at one so that healing can take place.  When countries are at odds, a negotiator may meet with the heads of state and bring these countries back into a harmony of agreement.  What he actually does is to set them at one again.

Peace in the believer’s life is when God brings either his presence or truth to the believer resulting in faith that the situation is under his control and will some how bring about or work together for good.  No longer is the believer anxious or distressed.  His heart is set at one again.  Peace from God comes by recognizing that God is in control of all the circumstances that are out of your control.

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Galatians 1:3)

From God, you get two fantastic benefits: he will help you do what you cannot do and be what you cannot be and also control all of the circumstances in your life.  He is doing a work on the inside and also on the outside as well.

Therefore, rejoice in him.  Walk today knowing that his strength is promised to be with you and his sovereignty will control all that is around you.


Millennial Living (Isaiah 11:9)


What will make a lion lie down with a lamb and what needs to happen so that a child can play at the snake’s den? The Scriptures say that this and other events will happen when the Earth is full of the knowledge of The Lord. It appears that animals and humans alike will respond and act upon the knowledge or truth of The Lord. Until that time when that the Earth is full of the knowledge of The Lord, man and animals will continue to act without knowledge.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord,as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)

The world became void of knowledge or truth when man introduced sin into the world. Once truth was gone, the entire creation fell and has functioned in that manner since then. As fallen beings, man and animals respond to situations with their fallen nature. Animals function in fear or a fighting for life. Man also responds with fear, but also with greed, lust and anger. As long as man is without truth or the Knowledge of The Lord, he will always function that way.

When Christ rules during his millennial reign, everything will change. It will be then when war ceases, the lion lies with the lamb and the children play by the snake’s den. But is that our only hope? Must we be forced to succumb to our sinful natures and battle life in fear? The answer i, no. Because of truth from The Lord, we do not need to live as other fallen beings. We may not have complete truth, but we have enough truth to enable us to experience some millennial kingdom living now.

Because of truth, we do not need live in fear. If we function in the realm of peace, we need not fearfully fight in order to survive. By being content with what The Lord has provided to us, we no longer need to reach out with greed for things which will not satisfy. If we rest in the Sovereign One, we will no longer need to exact revenge upon our enemies or those who have wronged us. If the knowledge of The Lord will keep savage animals from devouring one another, should not truth from God’s word produce some of that behavior within man now? Are not the fruit of the Spirit a like manifestation of truth’s effect upon man.

Christianity is much more than “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”. It is about Jesus Christ, who is truth, and how we can and should live within the influence of that truth. If you claim the name of Christ and yet continue to worry from fear, lash out at opposition, or covet for more that you have, you have not yet begun to live the Christian life. Don’t you remember the announcement at his birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)

It is time to change.