“May God Bless you”, is a common phrase Christians say to each other when they meet and greet each other in person or speak over the phone, and when they end their greetings over the phone or in person they say the same thing “May God Bless you”, good-bye. Hi Faith-writers, I’m grateful to God for another opportunity to share His Word on the Topic of Grace. Today we are going to discuss “Grace and Peace Blessings, Prayers and Proclamations”.
There are many ways we can experience God’s Grace and Peace in our lives as believers. However, one of the major ways we can experience God’s Grace and Peace is by Blessings, Prayers, and Proclamations (that is, when people pronounce the blessings of Grace and Peace upon us verbally).
What is a Blessing?
A Blessing—in Hebrew is beraka—it’s by implication prosperity:--blessing, liberal, pool, present.
A Blessing –in Greek is eulogia—it’s to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper):--bless, praise, fair speech.
By saying, “May God Bless you” we are simply pronouncing God’s Blessing upon the person or people we are saying it to. We are saying in effect, “May God Prosper you”, or “May God Deal Bountifully with you”. By making these statements we are Proclaiming God’s Blessing upon others. We may not say it in detail by the Hebrew or Greek definition that’s given to us, but when we say, “May God Bless you” God blesses and prospers the people to whom we have said it—if it’s meant sincerely.
God’s Blessing can come to us a number of ways. There are spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and material blessings we can experience as believers. However, I would like to focus on the Blessings of Grace and Peace that we can experience as believers throughout a life-time when others verbally bless us.
Grace and Peace—A Greeting and a Blessing
Paul was the only Apostle in all of the 14 letters that he greeted the Churches of believers and Philemon with Grace and Peace, and Paul also Proclaimed Grace and Peace upon those Churches and Philemon when he ended his letters to them.
In the Book of Romans Paul greeted them by saying, to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:7 NKJV).
Paul closed out his letter to Rome by saying, and the God of Peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The Grace or our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen (Romans 16:20 NKJV).
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen (Romans 16:24 NKJV).
Notice what Paul did, he greeted them with Grace and Peace from God Our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and then he said, may God Our Father and Jesus Christ’s Grace and Peace be with you. This is a more detailed Proclamation of what kind of Blessing Paul was pronouncing on them. It wasn’t just a “May God Bless You”, type of cliché we say today. I’m not saying it’s a fake or cheap way of saying a Blessing. I’m just pointing to the detailed Blessing that we should be aware of. It’s important that we know what we are saying, and why we are saying it. Many times we say things without giving it much thought to the reasons of why we are saying it. Or we may not be fully aware of the meaning of what we are saying.
Deacon Joseph Brown from Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn always calls me and says, Grace and Peace Brother from the Majestic name of Jesus. Years ago I thought this guy is really religious with the Christian lingo. Well, I guess if you’re a Church official you need to sound spiritual. When we don’t know any better we make these ridiculous assumptions—but God is Merciful when we are ignorant of the Word of God, Amen.
Anyway, when I grew up spiritually and began to study the Word deeply I found out many things that we do that maybe religious, other things we do are unbiblical, and the remaining things we do--we really don’t know the biblical reasons for doing them. So as we grow spiritually it’s good to be clear that we are doing the right thing—the Biblical practical thing that needs to be done.
Paul’s Writings of Blessings, Prayers and Proclamations
In every letter that Paul wrote he greeted the Churches and Philemon with Grace and Peace. Then he closed out his letters Proclaiming God’s Grace, Peace, Love and Communion with the Holy Spirit and more. Let me share those Scriptures with you in an outline format;
1. Romans 1:7 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Rome.
2. Romans 16:20, 24 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace and Peace to the Church at Rome.
3. 1 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Corinth.
4. 1 Corinthians 16:23 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to the Church at Corinth.
5. 2 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Corinth.
6. 2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV—Proclamations of Grace, Love and Communion of the Holy Spirit to the Church at Corinth.
7. Galatians 1:3 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Galatia.
8. Galatians 6:18 NKJV—Proclamations of Grace with your spirit to the Church at Galatia.
9. Ephesians 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Ephesus.
10. Ephesians 6:24 NKJV—Proclamations of Grace be with all who love the Lord in sincerity to the Church at Ephesus.
11. Philippians 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Philippi.
12. Philippians 4:23 NKJV—Proclamations of Grace to the Church at Philippi.
13. Colossians 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Colosse.
14. Colossians 4:18 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to the Church at Colosse.
15. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Thessalonica.
16. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to the Church at Thessalonica.
17. 2 Thessalonians 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to the Church at Thessalonica.
18. 2 Thessalonians 3:18 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to the Church at Thessalonica.
19. 1 Timothy 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace, Mercy and Peace to Timothy.
20. 1 Timothy 6:21 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace upon Timothy.
21. 2 Timothy 1:2 NKJV—Greetings of Grace, Mercy and Peace to Timothy.
22. 2 Timothy 4:22 NKJV—Proclamation of Jesus Christ being with your spirit and Grace upon Timothy.
23. Titus 1:4 NKJV—Greetings of Grace, Mercy and Peace to Titus.
24. Titus 3:15 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to all who were with Titus.
25. Philemon 3 NKJV—Greetings of Grace and Peace to Philemon.
26. Philemon 25 NKJV—Proclamation of the Grace of Jesus Christ being with Philemon’s (Human spirit).
27. Hebrews 13:25 NKJV—Proclamation of Grace to all Hebrew Christians.
Greetings, Proclamations and Blessings
We learn the art of Blessing people, places and Ministers in great detail by what Paul wrote in his letters. Now, let me point out that he greeted Timothy and Titus a little differently than the rest of the Churches and Philemon. Paul added Mercy to the list of blessings—why is that you may ask? Because Ministers are not perfect and they need to acquire more Mercy to be able to demonstrate more Mercy to their flock that God appointed them to lead. We all need the Blessings we can get for the task we have been assigned to do on earth. So when we are Greeting or Proclaiming a blessing upon someone, or something, or the Church we need to be more definitive to what we are blessing.
The Power of Proclamation
When we Proclaim the Word of God over someone or something we need to know and believe what we are saying is going to spiritually and powerfully take affect and the result will be the very thing we said by faith. The Word of God is described by Paul as the Word of Faith (Romans 10:8 NKJV). So the more we understand, believe, apply and experience the Word of God in our personal lives. We will be confident when we speak it by Faith over someone or something so God can release His Blessing upon it or them.
Paul gave us examples of how he blessed people by his letters. Each letter had a unique blessing or saying that targeted the very need of the Church or individual. We need to go over this list carefully to glean out the TRUTH in it about Greeting and Proclaiming God’s Blessing upon other people. They need to be Bless with God’s Grace each and every day. They need God’s peace in the midst of all the chaos we are facing. We are living in the end-times and things are only going to grow worst in the world but for the believer we can ride out the storm, the wars, the tragedies by Faith in Jesus Christ and the Communion of the Holy Spirit, Amen. So May God’s Grace, Mercy, Peace and Communion of the Holy Spirit abide with all of you in Jesus’ name, Amen.