“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Out here in Arizona, there are those who are convinced, that sooner or later they are going to find that nugget of gold where others quit before they just reached it. One more strike is just around the corner!
I have been digging in the Scriptures for these many years, and it is seldom that I do not discover another gem. How I thank God for Rev. Bill Lincoln and his excitement over digging more and more into the Word of God. It was contagious.
In the process of writing these brief thoughts, I was reminded how often the words GRACE and PEACE appear together. Colossians 1:2 is our springboard for thinking and consideration. Someone said that they are “Twins of Divine Birth,” and when you consider the context here, along with other occurrences, you realize why the apostle uses them.
Grace and Peace are the results of the Divine birth that Jesus spoke of in John 3. When God displays His GRACE to a person and rescues them from sin and its entanglement, the word and work of grace takes on a dimension here-to-for never imagined. One’s thinking is radically changed.
Once the changed thinking takes place, PEACE, between one’s self and God produces a rest of the soul. There is a positional change from a sinner, to a saint. He has become a brother to other Christians and attains the identification as part of the “brethren” (v2).
The transformation took place when they embraced Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Watch the words of verses 4 & 5 of Colossians 1…”since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which, you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you,”
I trust that today you will experience His Grace and Peace!