Where does joy come from? It is an important question. As we continue this sermon series we will begin to understand that you and l never experience true, lasting joy outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ. As we study the letter to the Philippian church we move into Paul’s greeting. Notice this greeting in verses 2-4.
“ Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,” Philippians 1:2-4
This is a common and repeated greeting from Paul. He uses similar language in his other letters. It’s an important greeting though, because it addresses some very important terms that relate to us having sustained joy by being in Christ.
As Paul begins to greet the Philippians in these verses, two important terms are used that help us to understand what it means to be in Christ.
Term #1- Grace.
5 Facts about God’s Grace:
- We are saved by God’s grace.
- We are sanctified and separated by God’s grace.
- Galatians 1:15- “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,”
- We are sustained by God’s grace.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9a– “My grace is sufficient for thee.”
- We are strengthened by God’s grace.
- 2 Timothy 2:1– “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
- We are shaped by God’s grace.
- 1 Corinthians 15:10a- “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”
Do you remember what God’s grace did for Lydia? As she read this letter she must have thought about how she heard the Gospel down by the river when Paul had come to Philippi.
Do you remember what God’s grace did for the jailer? As he read this letter he must have remembered the night that he almost killed himself. He had heard the Gospel and been gloriously saved.
If you know Christ as Savior, think about where you would be without the grace of God.
Term #2- Peace
We can have the peace of God because of the grace of God in sending Christ to live a perfect life, die for our sin, and rise from the dead. When we trust in Christ as our Savior God gives us His grace and His peace.
2 Aspects of God’s Peace:
- Peace with God.
- Peace of God.
- It is impossible to experience the peace of God without first making peace with God by accepting Christ as our Savior.
- When we go to God in prayer with our worries and requests we can experience the peace of God.
- Philippians 4:6-7– “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
You’ll never experience true joy apart from God’s grace and God’s peace.
Do you have the grace and peace of God in your life today?