The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  


Philippians 1:2


PHILIPPIANS 1:2 … Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


Grace be vnto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.


χαρις υμιν και ειρηνη απο θεου πατρος ημων και κυριου ιησου χριστου
cariV/charis: Grace
umin/humin: you
kai/kai: and
eirhnh/eirene: peace
apo/apo: from
qeoV/theos: God
pathr/pater: Father
hmwn/hemon: our
kai/kai: and
kurio/kurios: Lord
IhsouV/Iesous: Jesus
CristoV/Christos: Christ


(1.) Of form or person  Proverbs 1:9; 3:22 & Psalms 15:2
(2.) Favour, kindness, friendship Genesis 6:8; 18:3; 19 & II Timothy 1:9
(3.) God's forgiving mercy Romans 11:6 & Ephesians 2:5
(4.) The gospel as distinguished from the law John 1:17; Romans 6:14 & I Peter 5:12
(5.) Gifts freely bestowed by God; as miracles, prophecy, tongues Romans 15:15; I Corinthians 15:10 & Ephesians 3:8
(6. ) Christian virtues II Corinthians 8:7 & II Peter3:18
(7.) The glory hereafter to be revealed  I Peter 1:13
Frequent comments on this characteristic Pauline greeting have been made in this series of commentaries. For example, see my Commentary on Romans 1:1 and my Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:2. Scholars are inclined to make a big thing out of the order of "grace" and "peace" as they appear in most of Paul's greetings. As Boice said, "The final point is this: grace comes before peace .... In God's order of things God's hand is always there before any spiritual blessings[9] True as such an observation be, however, it may be doubted that Paul consciously intended this understanding of these words as used in his salutations. Significantly, Paul reversed them in Ephesians 6:23,24.