Grace and Peace We Need
Dec. 10, 2005
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colossae: Grace be unto you, and peace,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This chapter is power packed with spiritual truths that we need to be always mindful of in order to resist
the enemy when he lies to our minds and tries to oppress us.
He starts off, and is talking to the Saints, and the faithful brethren in Christ. So right off we
know that this is not to the unfaithful who only name the name of Christ. Not to those who are playing games and aren't serious
about the things of God. "In Christ" is something I want to dig in to here. What does it mean to be "in Christ"? In means
a fixed position, rest in, or on, give self wholly to, inwardly, within, under.
So, our position doesn't seem to match our condition at times, does it? If our position in Christ
is fixed, by declaration of the Word of God, and it's accepted through faith, then we are on solid ground. But, according
to the definition of the term itself, we must rest completely in Christ, his ability to perform in us what his word has said
he would, resist constantly the lies of the enemy, with the Word of God, believing the Word rather than the liar, give ourself
and stake our future and our families' future completely and totally upon the promises of God. Christ in us is our only hope
of glory. Now on to the next part of verse 2 of Col. 1: Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
What is grace? And why is it offered? Because we need it very much, obviously. Grace: (Strong's Greek
Definitions) graciousness, divine influence upon the heart, favour, gift, benefit, pleasure, thanks, or thank worthy. Joy
liberality. Lots of joy? Is that what that says? Liberal means plenty. (as used here). But Webster's 1828 has an even more
conclusive definition: 1. favor, good will, kindness, disposition to oblige another, free, ready, quick, willing,
2. the free unmerited (or undeserved) love and favor of God,
3. favorable influence of God, divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing
the heart and restraining from sin,
4. Christ's righteousness applied to the sinner.
5. State of Reconciliation to God.
6. Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, such as faith, meekness, humility, patience, etc.,
proceeding from divine influence upon the person's spirit.
7. Spiritual instruction, improvement, edification.
8. Favor, mercy, pardon conferred upon someone inferior by someone Superior. Privilege. Elegant with
9. Natural or acquired excellence. Beauty. To dignify or raise by act of favor, to honor. To supply
with heavenly grace.
10. Day in Grace as a time of probation when an offer is made to sinners; (in theology), days in
grace, in commerce, the days immediately following the due date of a bill, when the debtor is allowed to make payment without
Wow. That is rich. I never thought so much about what grace really is. But as much as it's mentioned
in the New Testament, I think I should know. 131 times. In the new testament, in 122 different verses.
Now let's look at peace: (Strong's Greek) one, peace, quietness, rest, set at one (unity) again, coming
from a verb meaning to join, by implication, prosperity. Webster's says peace is a state of quiet, or tranquility, freedom
from disturbance or agitation, applicable to the society, individuals, or to the temper of the mind. Freedom from internal
commotion, agitation, or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety, or the like, quietness of the
mind, calmness, quiet of the conscience. Example Webster gives: Great peace have they that love thy law. (from Ps. 119). Heavenly
rest, state of reconciliation. Can also be used in commanding silence or quiet, as peace to a troubled soul. To be at peace,
live in harmony.
All of that from one verse? That is truly daily bread much needed in this day and age. You can find
this same exhortation in the Bible many other places: Rom_1:4. , Rom_16:20, 1Co_1:3, 2Co_1:1,Gal_1:3, Eph_1:2, Phi_1:2, 1Th_1:2, 2Th_1:2, 1Ti_1:2,
Phm_1:3, 1Pe_1:2, 2Pe_1:1, 2Jo_1:3, Rev_1:4.
17 different verses, 17 different times to the Body of Christ, Grace and peace be unto you, be multiplied
unto you. It's offered. Too many of us, including this typist, are living way beneath our privilege. That makes God look bad.
I don't want to be a reproach. To be a reason the world thinks serving God is no fun because I allow my battles and trials
cause me to wear a long face instead of a sunny smile. Lord, forgive me. With such help available, I am without excuse if
I allow myself to be oppressed by the enemy's lies, or battles or trials or by situations I can't change for when I cast them
upon the Lord (1 Pet 5:7) and remember I wasn't made to carry such a load, but He can, then I can truly serve him with joy
and confidence (Luk 1:74; Ps. 100:2) that I can't fix it but He can. And when I get down, the Word says he is the lifter up
of my head.( Ps. 3:3). Sure things will be hard, sometimes. Circumstances will hurt and cause deep wounds. But he's sent the
Comforter to help. He's sent angels to minister unto the heirs of salvation. (Heb 1;14) And with the heavenly resources just
in this one verse available-how much more is there that we haven't dug into? How many times have I read this verse and not
stopped to think about what exactly it means? This makes me hungry to do more digging. And doesn't the Word of God always
yield up such rich treasure to the sincere of heart who goes digging into it, with the intent purpose of fortifying the soul
so it doesn't sin against her maker, (or his,) and to know Him better, so to be more like Him? Thank you Jesus. And here's
a verse that doesn't mention the grace and peace, together, but consider this one in the same light:
2Cor 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the
love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
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