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"...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" 2 Peter 3:1

Peace and the blessings of Christ

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Some have called the Ephesian letter the “Queen of Epistles.” Many suggest that it is the highest reach of New Testament thought. It was forged from the prison cell in Rome and borne by Tychicus “who will make known all things unto them,” Ephesians 6:21. It is centered on the thought of gathering “together in one all things in Christ.” Ephesians 1:10 and is a beautiful compilation of great thoughts on the body of Christ and it’s essential unity.

There are two thoughts that seem to stand out here.

First, Grace and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Now Grace is from the Greek word “charis”, in the English dictionary it could mean charm... there is something lovely, a certain charm, a certain attractiveness in the Christian life. Grace always describes a gift.... that is impossible for man to provide for himself. Thus grace brings to mind the sheer loveliness of the Christian life.. and the underserved generosity of God’s great heart toward us.

The the word “Peace” us used. It is from the Greek word “eirene” which translates the Hebrew word Shalom. It is never a purely negative word.. Never simply the absence of trouble or difficulty. Shalom means everything which makes for man’s good, everything which is calculated to make him a man in the highest sense of the term. And something quite independent of outward circumstances. There is only one source of this peace and that is God. We know quite well in life when we are doing something that we ought not to do... or evading something that we should be doing there is always a haunting uneasiness and a lack of peace at the back of our minds. And if we are doing something very difficult even something we don’t want to do if it is right and we know it, there is a certain contentment in our hearts

Then secondly, notice the spiritual blessings and where they can be found. Be sure an consider the bounty of those blessings. The word “all” describes that extent of the blessings of God. He hasn’t withheld from us any of those we need. All spiritual blessings are in Christ. And notice as well that those blessings are in one place, in Christ. And it is obvious that if I am to obtain those blessings I must be where they are....In Christ.