Robert Griffith | 15 February 2024
Robert Griffith
15 February 2024


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

Have you ever taken a moment to observe that each of the nine ‘Church Epistles’ opens with the same invocation? “Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul’s prayer emanated from a heart filled with sincerity and love, reflecting his deep desire for God to bless His people.

This text encompasses three profound truths: the divine nature of God, the authority of Christ, and the profound blessings experienced by those who embrace the Christian faith. It would be truly meaningful if we approach the next chapter in our journey with these profound truths in our hearts.

We are living in extraordinary times, unlike any other in history. Tremendous convulsions have shaken the world. Countless lives have been lost in senseless wars. Monarchs and nation leaders have been deposed. Significant transformations have taken place. Science and technology have now given humanity the incredible power to shape our future, for better or for worse. The world is filled with challenges and struggles, but it is important to remember that even in the darkest times, there is always hope for a brighter future.

It’s completely normal to feel a sense of unease when we look ahead into the unknown. In those moments, it can be comforting to find solace in the belief that there is a higher power guiding us. However, it seems that even that falls short. We must embrace the profound reality that the Almighty, Who reigns supreme, is also our loving Father. It is so important that we hold onto the precious truth that we are embraced by a loving and ever-present God. With this knowledge, our lives will feel more secure and joyful, and the mysteries of human history will take on a more positive light.

Even the vast universe will seem more welcoming, knowing that our compassionate Father is constantly guiding us through life’s ups and downs, always working towards our ultimate well-being. Witness the profound authority of Christ in this Pauline benediction. It is worth noting that the Greek word kurios, which is translated as “Lord” in this context, carries different meanings in the New Testament. While it can be used as a respectful title similar to “Sir” in English, it is also used as a substitute for the Old Testament name “Jehovah.” In this sense, Christ is the ultimate authority, just as only God can be.

This benediction serves as undeniable proof of the inspiring and encouraging message it carries. May we find solace and tranquilly in the divine presence of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The close association of our Lord’s name with that of God, and the implied identity in the imparting of grace and peace, is a powerful testament to the divinity of Christ.

Let us always be in awe of the fact that our Saviour and Lord is the eternal Son of God Himself, embodying the flawless combination of human empathy and divine strength! He holds the power over all of history. The immense challenges and transformations of our time are merely the anticipated signs of His imminent return in majestic power, to establish His global millennial reign.

Let’s stay hopeful – there’s a chance He may return soon! Paul earnestly desires that we may receive an abundance of grace and peace. These words are truly beautiful. Grace is the beautiful gift of God’s divine love and empowering presence that is bestowed upon us. That other term, “peace”, refers to overall well-being.

It’s remarkable how frequently we as Christians misinterpret our true needs. It’s common for us to believe that having more money, a higher position, greater gifts, or better health would greatly improve our lives. Actually, what we truly need today, and every day of our lives, is “grace and peace.”

Both are a gift from God in Jesus Christ. May they impact your life, your demeanour, your choices and your focus today.

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