Grace to You
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul often opened his letters by referencing grace and peace, so those two things must be pretty important. Grace is charis in Greek. I’ve found over two dozen different ways that word is used in the New Testament, and every one of them indicates something good for us. For example, grace is the strength of God. It also is divine revelation from the Word. It is God moving on the hearts of men to give up their priorities for others. Grace is the favor of God and the anointing. It is God’s power against Satan’s work. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of grace in Hebrews 10:29.
Whatever its usage, grace is always something good for God’s children. However, grace is not mercy. It is not forgiveness or righteousness. Grace is the manifestation of these things, plus more. If you wanted a short definition of grace, you could say that it is the full manifestation of the Holy Ghost and all that He brings to bear.
Notice that Paul’s opening words to the Philippians (and many of the other churches of that day) were words of blessing. In modern terms, it might read as follows.
Here’s what I want for you – I want you to experience the full manifestation of the Holy Ghost. I want you to have the strength of God, the favor of God, the anointing of God, and I want God moving on your heart like never before!
Practical Application – God’s grace is available to you. You can have the full manifestation of the Holy Ghost. You can experience the strength of God when you are weak in your strength, and the favor and anointing of God can open doors that no man can shut. God’s grace is to you and for you! Receive it today!
Romans 1:5; Romans 5:15