2 Corinthians 1-3

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  II Corinthians 1:2, NIV 

One of the Apostle Paul's habits when writing his letters is to point out two of our greatest blessings in Christ: Grace and peace!

There are thirteen letters signed by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, and in everyone of these letters Paul greets the churches and individuals that they are addressed to with the salutation of grace and peace to you. 

Why do you think Paul did that? Was it just his "boilerplate" greeting? Could he not think of anything else to say?

The answer is no! These letters were inspired by the Holy Spirit and were intended by God to be included within the New Testament for a reason.

And He (God) wanted us to be reminded over and over again of the great blessings of grace and peace that we have as Christians. Think about the magnitude of what God did for us in that: In a lost world filled with turmoil, God wants His children to know that they have grace and peace!

Since He had Paul say that in every single one of these thirteen letters, it must be pretty important. God has given His children grace and peace! Why not think about that, from time to time, as you go through your day today? I believe that it will change your entire outlook on life!

 

Now, take a look at the blessings that Paul concluded this letter with - aren't we blessed!

 

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."  II Corinthians 13:14, NIV