Posted by: The Simple Guy | May 26, 2010

Grace to you, and peace from God our Father

Tyson and I are studying Colossians together.  We read the entire book every day, and then check in with each other every couple of days to see what we have learned.  We sat down the other day and looked at the first 2 verses.

Colossians 1:1-2 MKJV
(1)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
(2)  to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse. Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is what we found:

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ” – We know who Paul was.  He introduces himself as an apostle.  This word is not originally English.  It is a transliteration of the Greek word  apostolos, which means: a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ

Paul was a messenger, and the message was Christ.  He was sent with authority by Christ, as a delegate of Christ.

By the way, this message was radical.  The message was that Jesus (a little known rabbi from Nazareth) is alive, and is Christ.  Not a normal message to be carrying.  We have heard it so many times that I think sometimes we forget how radical this seemed.  Would have put Paul with the UFO and bigfoot crowd.

“by the will of God”

This wasn’t Paul’s idea.  Remember, God knocked Paul off of his horse and changed his life.  Paul had his life lined out and was going about his own plan, but on the road to Damascus that all changed.  I think much of Paul’s boldness came from this fact that He knew he had been commissioned by God.  This was God’s idea.

“and Timothy our brother”

Why is Timothy mentioned at the beginning?  There are at least 7 other people with Paul who send greetings at the end of the book, so it can’t just be that Timothy is with Paul.

My theory is that Timothy actually penned this book while Paul dictated it.  The very last verse in chapter 4 says that Paul is writing the greeting with his own hand.  Just my theory.

“to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse.”

Saints = holy ones. Ones set apart by God.

Faithful brothers = those who live as saints.

Election and obedience in the same sentence.  God set them apart, they are faithful.  A hand in hand relationship there.  These are not two separate groups, but the same group described two ways.

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

Paul’s standard greeting.  I have not verified that this is in every book Paul wrote, but it very well may be.  Is definitely a signature greeting he used.  But we read it so often that I think sometimes we miss what Paul was saying.  This was an intentional greeting, not just a formality.

I have heard it said that Grace is the desire and power to do God’s will.   The “want to” (not natural to depraved man) and the “can do” (again, not natural to the depraved man).

One of the main purposes of every one of Paul’s letters was to supply the motivation and the how to in doing God’s will.

Peace = a clear conscience before God.  This comes from God as we do His will.

The want to, the can do, and the clear conscience.

Any thoughts?

Craig

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Responses

  1. Craig,

    “Grace to you and Peace” is such a wonderful statement that is exceedingly rich in content! If it were not for grace, there could be no peace between sinners and a Holy God. What comforting words to the ears of the redeemed, that they have, and are, being dealt with in grace and flowing from this, the clear declaration that “the battle is over”! “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION……..”

  2. Just like you said with the UFO or Bigfoot, I hear it so often, I don’t even care if it’s real or not anymore.
    Sadly, it seems that I forget how awesome that Gospel that Paul preached, really is. We have the greatest story that could ever be told…


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