"Grace to you and peace..."
Text: Galatians 1:3a
SENDING OF GREETINGS
Letters in the first century would normally have the following features:-
1. Name of the writer
a) Sometimes a name would be added (1 Thessalonians 1:1a, Timothy’s name was included).
b) Sometimes a general group would be mentioned. (Galatians 1:2 where Paul employed the word “brethren” to describe a good number of people who stood with him.)
3. Special features in Christian letters
a) The name of God is freely mentioned.
b) The name of the Lord Jesus Christ was particularly mentioned.
i) To establish a strong Christological content.
ii) To affirm the rightful place of Christ in the faith.
iii) To express a deep and personal love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
c) Special theological words were employed as words of greeting.
i) Grace and peace were strong theological words in Paul’s vocabulary.
ii) These featured in his greetings to his readers.
GRACE AND PEACE
The theological significance of these words must be read in the words of greetings:-