Grace and peace (Col. 1:2)

“To the saints

And faithful brothers

In Christ

At Colossae.

Grace to you

And peace

From God

Our Father.”

τοῖς ἐν Κολοσσαῖς ἁγίοις καὶ πιστοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ· χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς ἡμῶν.

Paul said, “To the saints (ἁγίοις) and faithful brothers (καὶ πιστοῖς ἀδελφοῖς) in Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ) at Colossae (τοῖς ἐν Κολοσσαῖς).  Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν) and peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God our Father (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς ἡμῶν).”  Paul addressed this letter to the saints and faithful followers of Jesus Christ at Colossae, a town about 100 miles east of Ephesus, about ten miles southeast of Laodicea, in Phrygia in Asia Minor.  Colossae was one of the most celebrated cities of southern Anatolia, now modern Turkey.  As a significant city from the 5th century BCE onwards, it had dwindled in importance by the time of Paul, especially with an earthquake in 60 CE.  However, it was notable for the existence of its local angel cult within the Roman Empire.  This opening address is like all the other epistles of Paul. Philippians, chapter 1:2, “Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν) and peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ), our Father (Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).  Romans, chapter 1:7, “Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν)!  Peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ) our Father (Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ)!” 1 Corinthians, chapter 1:3, “Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν)!  Peace from God (καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ Θεοῦ) our Father (Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  2 Corinthians, chapter 1:2, “Grace should come to you (χάρις ὑμῖν) along with peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ) our Father (Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord Jesus Christ (καὶ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  Galatians, chapter 1:3, “Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν)!  Peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God our Father (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  Ephesians, chapter 1:2, “Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν) and peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from God (ἀπὸ Θεοῦ) our Father (Πατρὸς ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  Paul wanted his readers to be full of grace and peace from God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord, the Son.  This was a standard Greek and Pauline greeting.  He wanted his readers to have a graced and peaceful life in God, who was their Father.  The Lord Jesus Christ has brought them a life of grace and peace.  Do you wish grace and peace to people?

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