11:21 which implies degrees of punishment). 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. Mercy and Grace go hand-in-hand . “To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2Ti 1:2) Do we really know what they mean when we proclaim them in prayer? Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace.… — 1 Timothy 1:2. I admit that I often try to handle all my challenges on my own, but I know it is impossible for me to overcome my obstacles without the help of Your mercy. (1) Grace stresses God’s character and man’s sinfulness while mercy stresses God’s strength and man’s helplessness. But Satan, the agent of disunity and strife, seeks to sow fear and anger in order to reap a harvest of discord through hurt feelings, failure to forgive, and selfish ambition. Furthermore, the doctrine of God’s Grace in Christ is multi-sided. 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. …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. 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? God is the instigator of grace, and it is from Him that all other grace flows. Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Introductions, Arguments, Outlines, Law, J. Hampton Keathley III, Th.M. 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." 1 Charlse Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Moody Press, Chicago, 1986, p. 416). 3 For what does the Scripture say? 6:14; 2 Cor. Jesus’ response is enlightening and orients us to grace. Do you lack peace in some area of your life? Titus 2:12-14 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 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. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”. Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The moment we add works to gain favor with God, we go from grace to meritorious living. …16 For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. Unbelievers will be judged on the basis of their works at the Great White Throne Judgment, but they are only at this judgment because they have rejected grace work for them in Christ. The word "grace" in biblical parlance can, like forgiveness, repentance, regeneration, and salvation, mean something as broad as describing the whole of God's activity toward man or as narrow as describing one segment of that activity. As Titus 2:12-14 and Romans 12:1-2 (above) teach us, God’s grace in Christ demands the denial of the wrong things in life (by the strength of God’s grace) and direction and obedience toward the right things. But γνησιῳ τεκνῳ may mean my beloved son; for in this sense το γνησιον is not unfrequently used. 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. 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Paul’s salutations include the writer, the recipient, and the greeting proper, which follows the style of other letters of his time. Rather than works that merit God’s favor, the idea is we are to walk in a manner that is consistent or fitting with our calling, not in a manner that merits God’s love. Nonetheless, they are different. As we think about this question, we should note that God is called “the God of all grace”(1 Pet. Romans 5:20–6:1 And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. While “grace to you and peace” recall the normal Greek and Hebrew greetings. 5:19-21), forgives us (Rom. 14 If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. Paul calls attention to three major themes: grace, peace, and love. Mark 9:50 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? If you are facing a situation that would normally be devastating or overwhelming to you, grab hold of this good news: God has made a special measure of His “mercy” available to you! When Paul wrote the books of First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus, he inserted the word “mercy” between the words “grace” and “peace” in his greeting, making the salutation read “grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father.” In all three of these epistles, he was not writing to an entire congregation; rather, these letters were private letters intended to be read only by Timothy and Titus. Do you have peace in your home, with your fellow believers. Apparently Timothy had written a letter to Paul, expressing his fears and hurts about the crisis he faced, so Paul wrote him back. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:2-9). Judges 19:20), but for the Christian, it carries a much deeper meaning than it did among the ancient Hebrews. PEACE is God’s “DIVINE COMFORT.” 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 3 For what does the Scripture say? These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Jesus taught Mercy (Mt 9:13) a. Paul wrote to Titus and told him, “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting…” (Titus 1:5). "Grace" and "mercy" are words that most people are familiar with in a general sense. The answer is very simple. Not even for a man like Abraham. After Paul started the church on the island of Crete, he left before the church was completely established and before leaders were firmly set in place. Though weak and without capacity for spiritual things, grace means special divine ability is secured for the believer through the grace of God which is ours in Christ. Humans are weak and unworthy – we all need God’s mercy and grace. These two essential words in the plan of salvation are very close to each other. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Paul’s salutations add a new flavor, however, due to the meaning of the words “grace” and “peace” for believers in Christ. To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 6:4f; Col. 2:11). Leaning on the arm of the flesh which leaves one in desert like conditions (Jer. GOD’S GRACE Grace, basically, means “gift.” Romans 13:1-7 Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. God shows both mercy and grace, but they are not the same. Hebrews 12:12-13 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. And so he added the word “mercy' to his usual greeting of grace and peace.. writing - 'To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.' Because God’s mercy is working in me, I am well able to rise above the struggles I face and to overcome them victoriously! 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. Consequently we turn to our own solutions, strategies, and methods for life which range all the way from humanism and legalism—we ignore God’s divine operating assets or grace and depend on self to the opposite, which is license—using God’s grace as an occasion for the flesh. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 3:24), reconciles us (2 Cor. It is not antinomian or anti-law. Grace breaks down the wall of hostility; mercy removes the consequences and peace is the result. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This means the gift of such things as: (4) The Blessings of an Eternal Inheritance. Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain-- if indeed it was in vain? 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. 3:20; 2 Cor. Paul’s salutations add a new flavor, however, due to the meaning of the words “grace” and “peace” for believers in Christ. Proverbs 3:13-17 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. But what about Ephesians 4:1 which reads, “I … entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called?” Does that not suggest works that are worthy? e. Grace would be the judge going ahead and paying for your punishment himself! 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. was a 1966 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years. In short, mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve; grace is God giving us something we do not deserve. May we be praise God for his grace and shalom peace we have because of the Lord Jesus Christ. 4:4-7), 3. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. Should just condemn sinners. 1. he chose his two terms “grace” and “peace” carefully. Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; Galatians 5:1-5, 13 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Citizens of heaven and thereby left here on earth as ambassadors for Christ (Phil. 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. Romans 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. We’re saved by God’s grace—His … Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. But Paul wasn’t only addressing the Greek world. 2:5,9). If you’ll open your heart to receive from God, He will tuck a special measure of mercy between the grace and peace He is offering you today. Grace orientation and its multiplication comes through knowledge of the Word and through faith. This is the peace or tranquility that we experience when we do things decently and in order. 3. behalf . It literally teaches us how we should live and motivates us to do so. 50:10-11). Grace means we are completely accepted because of the perfect work of Christ which: redeems us (Rom. 1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. We are never told to pursue happiness, but the author of Hebrews does tell us to pursue peace and warns us against the danger of coming short of God’s grace. 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. Though sinful and deserving of God’s wrath, grace means: 1 Corinthians 1:29-30 that no man should boast before God. Ephesians 1:3, 6 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,… 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Another meaning is ‘favour’, and so we see that the words ‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ are closely intertwined being used at the same time. Colossians 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; Though in Adam and dead in sin before salvation, grace means the believer in Christ has a new position in Christ which brings every spiritual blessing into the believer’s life. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. It becomes quite evident from this that grace never means the right to unbridled living or doing as one pleases because we stand in the grace of God. So when a person greeted someone with this salutation, it was the equivalent of his saying, “I greet you with grace and favor.”. Gifted for ministry (1 Pet. Titus 2:11 teaches us that God’s grace in Christ is the dynamic means of instruction and motivation for the Christian life. As a doctrine of the Word it touches every area of truth or doctrine in one way or another. 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Such growth is every pastor’s dream; however, Timothy was young, and he was pastoring what had become the world’s largest church. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 3:6-13). 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. Paul’s salutations include the writer, the recipient, and the greeting proper, which follows the style of other letters of his time. 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. 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? Everywhere we turn, we run into this word (104 references—NIV). 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. …1 What shall we say then? How are we seeking our peace? 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Paul left Titus to finish the job he didn’t complete in Crete, instructing him to make the final selection of church leaders and then to establish them in their positions. Then – and only then – comes the peace of God. This word “grace” is the Greek word charis, which means grace but also carries the idea of favor. 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." In other words, grace gives power and motivation for Christ-like living. The first is doubtless most wonderful of all, in many respects, but the child of God does well to cultivate deeply his appreciation of all … 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. (2) Grace is opposed to and excludes any idea of works for merit, works done as a means of blessing or as payment for what is done. 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. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? When told they should not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall (please note) give to you…,” they replied, “What shall we do that we may work the works (plural) of God” (vs. 28). 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. 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. 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. 28 They said therefore to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 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. It seems that they have the same meaning. 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.”. Paul wrote to Timothy wishing him the grace, mercy and peace of “God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord” (1Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2). 2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Timothy. It is no wonder grace is an important word and one that Paul desires to be experienced by all. 17:5), Hewing out cisterns, broken cisterns that hold no water (Jer. 4:10; 1 Cor. 8:30). Grace, mercy, and peace - Grace, the favor and approbation of God. Grace means you never deserve it nor can you earn it even by the old fashion method of working for it. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? From the above, we can see that, if we are appropriating God’s grace as found in the promises and principles of Scripture as they relate us to God’s love and care, we can experience the peace of eternal security, the peace of good conscience, the peace knowing god’s will, the peace of knowing that God will supply, and personal peace in many other practical ways. 4:5). Until we know and appropriate grace, we can’t experience peace. First grace and then peace. 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure. This is the peace of righteous rule and comes through good rulers or governments acting in accord with the principles of the Word and through a strong nucleus of godly citizens who apply and live by the truth of Scripture (cf. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Whenever mercy and peace occur together, they are in that order (except in Galatians 6:16) That’s because mercy is the act of God and peace is the experience that follows and rests in the heart of man. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 12:15). This is the peace of a world without war and disharmony which can only occur with the return and reign of the Lord (cf. I confess that God’s mercy is working in me! We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. Indwelt by the Spirit of God for power or ability to live the Christian life (Rom. This naturally raises important questions. 1:6,7), delivers us (Col. 1:13), justifies us (Rom. 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. Principle: God reaps a harvest of peace when believers sow and water their minds with the Word. It’s often called “easy believism.” This is obvious when one considers the many religions of the world, which all stress man doing good deeds of some sort as a means of gaining acceptance with God. “ And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise. Grace is something that comes from God. Just as we would say, “Hello, how are you doing?” as a polite way of greeting someone we meet, the Greeks would say, “Grace!” when greeting one another. 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 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. He assumes the verb. 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. Every believer a priest—members of a royal priesthood (1 Pet. In mercy, God chose to cancel our sin debt by sacrificing His perfect Son in our place (Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21). 2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Grace, mercy, and peace were common … 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." If our heart does not know God ’ s “ DIVINE RELIEF ” in providing Saviour. Peace – words that describe an omnipotent God keep the whole law but τεκνῳ. 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