The Weekend Word
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
(Ephesians 1:1–2 ESV)
I’m starting a study tonight in our church on the book of Ephesians.
I thought perhaps some would like to study along with us.
We’ll see how it goes…
Don’t Skip the Salutation!
Our study opens with a greeting from Paul to his readers.
We usually don’t make much of these verses, because, well, they’re just a greeting.
Don’t do that…there’s gold here.
Paul isn’t just delivering a greeting from himself but also “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.
The Father and the Son say “grace to you and peace”.
Let me encourage you to personalize this and “make your own application”.
If Jesus were to appear before you where you are right now the first things He would speak to you are words of grace and peace.
No matter where you think you are spiritually, no matter how distant God seems…that’s the message…He brings you grace and peace.
Grace…for all those sins that you think separate you from the love of God.
Peace… God is not mad at you.
Whenever you think about God, those are the places you should start from and end at.
You want to believe that, but you also read… the greeting was for the “faithful in Christ Jesus”.
You aren’t very faithful.
Neither am I.
The part you need to understand is that if you’re “in Christ”, you’re counted faithful…because He was faithful in your place.
Now, that’s good news…and it’s just the beginning.
Next week we’ll talk about being “in Christ”.
Grace and peace to you, my friends.