II Thess. 1:1-2. “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Don’t you love Paul’s greetings as he opens his letters?  There is always such a clear heart of love and concern, even when the letter is being written by way of admonition. This greeting is very similar to the one that opens the book of I Thessalonians, with just a couple of differences.

First, Paul includes the possessive pronoun our when he names the Father.  That makes God very personal, a Being Who loves and cares for His own. Our Father.  The phrase speaks of relationship with a Father Who nourishes, provides, and protects.

Second, Paul adds the words from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to the familiar greeting of Grace to you and peace. This addition names the source of grace and peace. Amazing how so much can be said with so few words.  Grace and peace are presented as coming from a double source–God the Father, and God the Son. Grace and peace come from two sources, then, that Paul clearly acknowledges as One, making clear his belief that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

Remember singing “Praise God, from Whom all blessings Flow”?  We need to be reminded that every good and perfect gift, every blessing, every benefit comes from God, Whom we have come to know through Jesus Christ.

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