Revelation 1:4

The Revelation

Revelation 1:4 says, “John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you…”

This book is addressed to churches. If we are believers, then we are the church, and this message is for us. So, we need to pay special attention.

The seven churches that John was writing to at the time were in Asia Minor. The church was under great persecution. There was uncertainty and fear. It was a time of trouble and pain. But look at the first words given to the churches: grace and peace.

We are living in a time of uncertainty, fear, trouble, and pain. But this message is also for us: grace and peace.

Grace was the greeting of the Greeks. It’s a big word. Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. But grace is getting what we don’t deserve. It doesn’t just involve forgiveness for wrongs that we have committed. Grace goes way beyond that. It means gifts that we haven’t in any way earned and certainly don’t deserve. Grace is unmerited favor. And yet, grace is what God extends to us when we come to Him in repentance and receive the gift of salvation. So, grace comes first, and then there is peace. Peace was the greeting of the Jews. You still hear it today, “Shalom!” It’s a beautiful word that is so much more than not having conflict or strife. It is a peace that goes beyond our ability to understand. It is being wrapped in the arms of the Lord in spite of conflict and strife. It is being sheltered in the storm. He is the God of all Grace and the Prince of Peace. He is the place where we find both grace and peace.

There is chaos in our world, but when we know the Lord, the promise for us today and every day is grace and peace.

God’s unmerited favor and shalom!

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