1 Cor.1:3 – May joyous grace and endless peace be yours continually from our Father God and from our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!
I love the writings of the Apostle Paul. Even his introductions are filled with revelation and blessing. In this greeting Paul is proclaiming joyous grace and endless peace over our lives. First there is this thing called grace. Many call it unmerited favor; that doesn’t take us nearly far enough. I think of grace as the influence of Sovereign Joy on our lives that attracts us and satisfies us with Christ. Grace is the beginning and the completion of my faith. Here is a thought from the Passion Notes on grace.
“The Greek word charis, in its original sense, is descriptive of that which brings pleasure and joy to the human heart, implying a strong emotional element. God’s grace includes favor and supernatural potency, and it is meant to leave us both charming and beautiful. In classical Greek it was meant to convey the attitude of favor shown by royalty.”
This grace introduces us into the endless, supernatural peace of God. Paul says it like this, in Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. The Passion Bible says it like this – “Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us.”
Grace opens the door to endless supernatural peace in our lives. I see peace in three major ways flowing from God’s grace. First, I have peace with God. My sinful life and sinful condition had kept me separated from the Lord. His work of grace has reconciled me to God. Because my sins are gone I am at peace with God. Next, I am at peace with myself. It is easy to be filled with strife when you are living in darkness. Now that I have come out of the dark and into the light I am actually at peace with myself. If I am accepted by God I can surely accept myself. Because I have been reconciled to God my very being is flooded with the Lord Himself. His presence is my peace. So I receive Paul’s prayer over my life today, I receive joyous grace and endless peace as my inheritance.