Hello! Let’s have a nibble on the meat of the Word of God! Today we are building on Ephesians 1:1 with verse 2.
Ephesians 1:2; Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
BlueLetterBible.com is a great resource! One reason is, the words in brackets are what the King James Version has italicized. Italicized words in the King James means; that word was added to the original texts to provide greater understanding. Keep in mind this is English translated back in the 1600’s. Sometimes words are appropriately supplied, sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes words are completely mistranslated. This is why I like going back to the Greek Interlinear or the Strong’s/Young’s Concordances to study. Sometimes we need to look deeper to get greater understanding.
The word grace is the word charis in Greek. It’s translated 130 times as grace, meaning favor, and loving kindness. It is also translated “thank” and “thanks” 8 times. Interesting tidbit there I’ll just let you digest.
Peace is the word eirēnē, in the Greek. It is also found when Jesus said in John 14:27; Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Isn’t this so comforting? God is going to give us HIS peace. The peace of the abundant life and renewed mind. This isn’t the peace that the world offers. This is peace in every area of your life! How blessed are we? How much is this kind of peace worth? It says elsewhere that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Philippians 4:7 calls it; And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
That kind of peace is what I long for every minute of every day. It’s the help and comfort I need to get through tough times.
Who do you know that could use this kind of peace in their life today?