expressed through His divine grace, mercy, and peace. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 1 Corinthians 15:9-11 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. Grace, Mercy, and Peace. 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Ephesians 2:14-18 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Acts 24:16 "In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men. Grace and Mercy: What do They Mean? Greetings from Peter 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. “ – Luke 10:37. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. Jeremiah 2:13 For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns, That can hold no water. 36 Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." This greeting is found in some form at the opening of all of Paul's epistles, most commonly, "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." PEACE is God’s “DIVINE COMFORT.” (3) But at the same time, grace is the fountain from which good works are to be produced in the Christian’s life if appropriated by faith in God’s grace. Mercy takes us to the path of forgiveness, while grace leads us to reconciliation. The wish expressed to others in a greeting for spiritual and physical prosperity, security, and safety as seen in the expression, “Peace, friend” or “Shalom.”. In the faith - The word πιστις, faith, is taken here for the whole of the Christian religion, faith in Christ being its essential characteristic. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. Several years after Paul wrote that first letter to Timothy, the political environment in the Roman Empire radically changed and public opinion turned violently against believers. It wasn’t enough for Titus to hear about grace and peace — he also needed to be reminded that there was special mercy available to help him in his situation. (1) Grace stresses God’s character and man’s sinfulness while mercy stresses God’s strength and man’s helplessness. …1 What shall we say then? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain-- if indeed it was in vain? During New Testament times, the salutation of “grace” was the customary greeting exchanged between Greeks when they approached each other. Just as the Church had grown quickly before this change occurred, it now began to quickly diminish as believers were captured, imprisoned, enslaved, and killed. D. The world wants peace and love. Grace, mercy, and peace - Grace, the favor and approbation of God. Romans 8:32-39 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? he chose his two terms “grace” and “peace” carefully. Peace with God refers to the peace of salvation wherein the barriers, like man’s sin and God’s holiness, which separate man from God are removed through faith in God’s gracious work in Christ. This is the personal peace which God gives to the individual through fellowship with the Lord, or through walking in concord with God with all known sin confessed and turned over to God’s grace. 36:6), Walking by our own man made fire brands to light our path (Isa. Now, what does this outpouring of “GRACE, PEACE, and MERCY” mean? Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. But he never uses a verb. Mercy does that; it is tangible sign that says the lesson has been learned and that the punishment that justice would demand has been remitted. Stay with me, because what you’re about to read is exactly what you need to start your day! “ And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise. 17:5), Hewing out cisterns, broken cisterns that hold no water (Jer. Three little words: Grace, Mercy and Peace. Ephesians 4:3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Psalm 119:165 Those who love Thy law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. This word “grace” is the Greek word charis, which means grace but also carries the idea of favor. The 60’s phrase was, “Peace man!” and “Love!” 2. Why did Paul alter his traditional greeting to include the word “mercy” when he wrote these personal letters? 14 For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold. 3 Are you so foolish? It is a fountain from which we must all drink deeply, but it is one that runs counter to our own natural tendencies. Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Introductions, Arguments, Outlines, Law, J. Hampton Keathley III, Th.M. Because of the meaning of the words charis and eirene and how these words were used as a form of greeting, it is as though Paul was saying: “To those of you who are Greeks, I greet you with grace and favor, and to those of you who are Jews, I greet you with peace and shalom.”. The ramifications of God’s grace to us in Christ vitally affect our lives on every hand. Hampton wrote many articles for the Biblical Studies Foundation and on... More, 4. It literally teaches us how we should live and motivates us to do so. Timothy was feeling so challenged that he apparently wrote a letter to Paul, asking him for advice on how to choose leaders for his fast-growing congregation. Grace means we are completely accepted because of the perfect work of Christ which: redeems us (Rom. 1 Timothy 1:2, NLT: "I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. ", We should remember that the coming of Christ is described as the manifestation of God’s grace. 6:4f; Col. 2:11). Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Charis (“grace”) goes beyond the typical chairein (“greetings”; see Acts 15:23; 23:26; James 1:1). Children of God, members of God’s family (Eph. 3:24), reconciles us (2 Cor. So the little phrase "from God" is rich with meaning. You may need to be reminded of the same thing today. Romans 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Because he was an apostle to the Gentiles or the Greek-speaking world, it was necessary for him to greet his foremost readers in a customary Greek manner. It refers to a state of harmony and well being. As the young minister faced this daunting task, he needed to be reminded that there was special “mercy” available to help him in his time of need. Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace.… — 1 Timothy 1:2. 6:14; 2 Cor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace. 3 For what does the Scripture say? It is a distinctly Christian wish from one believer for another. Do you want to have no fear of authority? – Colossians 1:28, © 2020 Rick Renner Ministries. 50:10-11). C. Paul and John are wishing for grace mercy and peace to be in the lives of other believers. But Paul wasn’t only addressing the Greek world. These blessings of grace Paul and his associates wish for their readers. 4:4-7), 3. Adopted as adult sons with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities (Gal. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. 5 Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 1 Corinthians 10:31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Until we know and appropriate grace, we can’t experience peace. In the sphere of His life as the resurrected and glorified Savior seated at God’s right hand; in the sphere of His purposes, values, and character. Most often the blessing says, "Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ." His throne is the throne of grace! God’s gracious salvation and work for man in Christ is to the “praise of the glory of His grace.”. So, what is grace, and what is mercy? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 3:25; Eph. The epistles of Paul begin with a salutation that always includes the words, “grace to you and peace” or “grace, mercy, and peace” as in the case of 1 and 2 Timothy. Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. God is the instigator of grace, and it is from Him that all other grace flows. I thank You in advance for pouring this mercy upon me, and by faith, I receive it right now. Because salvation depends on the character and work of God in Christ and not on man’s record or works. Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. Romans 4:1-5 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? Man’s natural tendency is to think in terms of works and merit. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. It apparently comes from eirw which means “to join.” It means a state of untroubled tranquillity, a state without war or dividing factions or enmity. "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? If you’ve ever felt like problems were mounting and growing all around you and you didn’t have enough strength to make it another step, then I have some very good news for you! Can you think of a time when you were suddenly invigorated by a supernatural flow of divine mercy that surged into you and gave you the strength and courage you needed to face and overcome a difficult situation? 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The apostle Paul starts all of his letters with the prayer that grace and peace will come to the reader. The epistles of Paul begin with a salutation that always includes the words, “grace to you and peace” or “grace, mercy, and peace” as in the case of 1 and 2 Timothy. Where are we seeking our peace? 1. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Instead of applying justice, He introduced grace and mercy to deal with sinners. Grace, mercy, love and peace – words that describe an omnipotent God. Mercy and grace are two sides of a coin – and the coin is love. (be encouraged, comforted) I have overcome the world.”, John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. Another meaning is ‘favour’, and so we see that the words ‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ are closely intertwined being used at the same time. Galatians 3:1-5 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Rather than drink from God’s fountain, we tend to build our own broken cisterns. 8:30). This is stressed by the following: Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. That assurance gives us peace. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. In August of 2001 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and on August 29th, 2002 he went home to be with the Lord. In other words, grace gives power and motivation for Christ-like living. 1 Timothy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. The gospel is called the gospel of peace (Eph. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. A great man like Abraham may be able to boast about his works to people who may be impressed with his achievements, but there is never any place or room for boasting before God. They completely missed the point because they were thinking in terms of human works to gain the spiritual food God had to offer. OUR VISION is to take the Gospel both to our nearby world and to the ends of the earth, proclaiming Christ, and warning and teaching every man with all wisdom, in order that we may present every person fully mature in Christ Jesus. Romans 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. God has shown these to the Ephesians, and Paul calls the readers to be imitators of God (Eph 5:1); therefore, we are to treat one another in like manner. 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 20). 2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. The Greek word for grace is caris. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. The size of his prized congregation was declining daily right before his eyes. Grace includes kindness and compassion, but also carries the idea of bestowing a … 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. Grace (charis from from chairo = to rejoice.English = charity. 2. b. As a Jew himself, he also wanted to greet the Jewish world that would be reading his epistles. Then – and only then – comes the peace of God. The word for peace is eirhnh. e. Grace would be the judge going ahead and paying for your punishment himself! That second letter to Timothy (the book of Second Timothy) is Paul’s response to Timothy and to the predicament that surrounded the younger minister on every side. 1) First, as some commentators have suggested, Paul’s use of “grace and peace” echoes elements of the Aaronic benediction, originally spoken over Israel, recited at our church every week at the conclusion of our gatherings—May the LORD be "gracious to you…and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24–26, emphasis added). The Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word shalom is the word eirene, which is the word for peace. 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Strengthening our hearts in God’s grace gives us the peace which the world simply cannot give. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Leaning on the arm of the flesh which leaves one in desert like conditions (Jer. By doing this he placed the focus on the unmerited blessings given to believers in Christ. Grace. 2:14), and Scripture speaks of guiding our feet “into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79). Grace finds its necessity in (a) the fact of God’s holiness and in the sinfulness of man, and (b) in the nature of God as the Creator and man as the creature. This grace does not cease with salvation from sin’s penalty, but continues on as the foundation of the believer’s life with God throughout all eternity. What makes grace grace is that it starts "from God," freely, without being merited or earned. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Though sinful and deserving of God’s wrath, grace means: 1 Corinthians 1:29-30 that no man should boast before God. 1:6,7), delivers us (Col. 1:13), justifies us (Rom. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved. f. It is the foundation for Grace. We’re saved by God’s grace—His … Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Humans are weak and unworthy – we all need God’s mercy and grace. Not only do we need to be oriented to grace, but we need to grow in our understanding of the multiple facets of grace in all of life. The people who lived on Crete at that time were famous for being lazy gluttons and liars. It makes it impossible for any man to get out of the plan of God from the standpoint of his position in Christ. 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. This is the peace or tranquility that we experience when we do things decently and in order. Romans 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. While “grace to you and peace” recall the normal Greek and Hebrew greetings. First Peter 1:2 literally reads, “May grace and peace be multiplied or increased.” Later, in 2 Peter 3:18 Peter will exhort believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. His heart was broken as he watched leaders defecting and going back to their old ways in order to escape death — trusted team members who Timothy had thought would be faithful to the very end. Remember, peace does not mean the absence of pain or hurt. 1 Charlse Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Moody Press, Chicago, 1986, p. 416). Mercy and Grace go hand-in-hand . “Grace is summed up in the name, person, and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.”2. So, God can show His goodness and kindness to any man or woman, in order to give them a favour. An accurate, common definition describes grace as the unmerited favor of God toward man. 2. 1 Timothy 1:2, KJV: "Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord." Writing Timothy to encourage him to be strong in the Lord, Paul began his second letter by once more inserting the word “mercy” between the words “grace” and peace.” He said, “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace…” (2 Timothy 1:2). In fact, the Lord Himself is described as the very epitome and manifestation of God’s grace. So why don’t you allow God’s mercy to assist you with the challenges you are facing at this very moment? 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Then He said, “In this world you will have trouble. Throughout the New Testament the effects of God’s grace are emphasized. Romans 8:33-39 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? They were a devious, mischievous people who were very difficult to trust. God shows both mercy and grace, but they are not the same. Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). 1 Corinthians 14:40 But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner. Don’t try to face the ordeal in your own strength until you end up feeling swamped and overwhelmed; instead, realize that God’s mercy is available to meet you right where you are. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Many believers also defected from the Christian faith and went back to their old pagan temples in order to comply with the wishes of the government and to save themselves from death. Proverbs 3:13-17 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. This is the peace of unity and oneness in the body of Christ; oneness of mind and purpose. It can give temporary happiness and pleasure, but not peace because the world does not know God’s grace. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”, Then later on the Lord added these words, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” Where do we find that peace? As with Timothy, Titus found himself in a very difficult circumstance. GRACE is God's “DIVINE GIFT” at Christ’s expense given to mankind without any strings attached. 1. God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? This is obvious in Romans 4:4-5 (see above). Should just condemn sinners. The tragedy occurring inside Timothy’s church was devastating. …16 For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. After all, if Paul and other writers of Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these three words so many times, then they must convey an important message for each of us to understand and appropriate in our daily lives. Grace. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Timothy. No longer under Law, but under grace (Rom. 1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God. 15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. For instance, when he wrote his first letter to Timothy (the book of First Timothy), Timothy was feeling overwhelmed by the phenomenal growth in the church under his care. It is no wonder grace is an important word and one that Paul desires to be experienced by all. First grace and then peace. Mercy vs Grace Knowing the difference between mercy and grace is a must due to the fact that mercy and grace are two words that are often confused due to the similarity in their meanings and connotations.Mainly, both grace and mercy are nouns.Apart from being a noun grace is also used as a verb.In the same manner, mercy though it is primarily used as a noun, is also used as an exclamation. MERCY is God’s “DIVINE RELIEF” in providing a Saviour for sinful mankind. Apparently Timothy had written a letter to Paul, expressing his fears and hurts about the crisis he faced, so Paul wrote him back. But γνησιῳ τεκνῳ may mean my beloved son; for in this sense το γνησιον is not unfrequently used. Again let’s remember Peter’s words, “but grow in the grace” and Paul’s words, “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Nonetheless, they are different. …13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. In mercy, God chose to cancel our sin debt by sacrificing His perfect Son in our place (Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21). In fact, the order is significant. Their works become the proof of their unrighteousness and evidently also, the basis of the degree of their punishment (cf. Do you have peace in your home, with your fellow believers. "Grace" and "mercy" are words that most people are familiar with in a general sense. This threefold cord is wonderfully strong when each of its strands is woven rightly with the others. When the Jews met each other, their customary way of greeting one another was to say, “Shalom!” In fact, this is still the customary greeting exchanged between Jews in Israel today. This is the peace that settles our nerves, fills our minds, and allows us to relax even in the midst of the uproar around us. Written by K B Napier Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:02 context. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.