PHILIPPIANS 1:2 … Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1611 KJV TEXT
Grace be vnto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
PROS FILIPPHSIOUS 1:2
χαρις υμιν και ειρηνη απο θεου πατρος ημων και κυριου ιησου χριστου
(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
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 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.