Greetings, Why Must Grace Come First?

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In my sons bible class he was presented with this question ~

with this verse Colossians 1:1-4

Colossians 1

    1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

    2To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

    3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—

Grace always comes before peace in greetings such as this.

Why must grace come first?

Please comment ~

1Co 1:3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Co 1:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ga 1:3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Eph 1:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Php 1:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Col 1:2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ {who are} at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

1Th 1:1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2Th 1:2Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1Ti 1:2To Timothy, {my} true child in {the} faith: Grace, mercy {and} peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2Ti 1:2To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy {and} peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Tit 1:4To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. Phm 1:3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Pe 1:2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

2Pe 1:2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 2Jo 1:3Grace, mercy {and} peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Re 1:4John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

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7 responses »

  1. Because without Grace we can’t have peace. Without God’s grace we would be lost in sin, without hope and without a direct connection to our Lord. But because of God’s grace, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can have peace in our lives.

    -J. Kaiser

  2. He has done the homework, but I thought it was a good question.
    I said what J. said. Without grace we can’t have peace, but why that
    greeting? Was it just a greeting for that time in history? or was it something the apostles knew to be true, that grace came before peace?
    krislinatin

  3. G comes before P in the alphabet. Clearly an English speaking redactor came along at a later date and has adjusted all of these verses to harmonize with his alphabetizing desires.

  4. I just like to take shots at the document theory whenever the opportunity arises. 😉

    In all seriousness, though the sample size is large, really you just have three people in Paul, Peter, and John using the Grace before Peace word order.

    Jude leaves it out of his greeting (but does put mercy before peace) and James just says greetings. So maybe it’s more about the writer’s personal preference than anything else?

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