Grace, mercy, and peace (2 John 1:3)

“Grace

Mercy,

And peace

Will be with us

From God the Father

And from Jesus Christ,

The Son

Of the Father

In truth

And love.”

ἔσται μεθ’ ἡμῶν χάρις ἔλεος εἰρήνη παρὰ Θεοῦ Πατρός, καὶ παρὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ Πατρός, ἐν ἀληθείᾳ καὶ ἀγάπῃ.

This author said “Grace (χάρις), mercy (ἔλεος), and peace (εἰρήνη) will be with us (ἔσται μεθ’ ἡμῶν) from God (παρὰ Θεοῦ) the Father (Πατρός) and from Jesus Christ (καὶ παρὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), the Son of the Father (τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ Πατρός) in truth (ἐν ἀληθείᾳ) and love (καὶ ἀγάπῃ).”  This author has added one new element to the grace and peace greeting of Paul.  He has added mercy.  This grace, peace, and mercy came from God the Father and the Son of the Father, Jesus Christ, both in truth and love.  Love and truth were the other important themes of this letter as well as in 1 John.  He also stressed the importance of Jesus Christ as the Son of God the Father, just like in 1 John.  Thus, the connection of the two letters is clear.  Do you believe in God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ?

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