Grace Be Unto You

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  1. HAMel

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    You're walking down the street and meet one you haven't seen in years. It goes like this...

    You: "Hey bud..., how ya' been doin'? Ain't seen you in a coons age!"
    Them? "Well..., ain't you a sight for sore eyes!" "Been doin' pretty good..., and you?"

    ...and so it goes.

    When Paul addressed those in receipt of his letters his greeting included..., "Grace be unto you..." and "Peace".

    Grace. Grace includes many applications but basically, Grace is that loving kindness our Lord has extended to us who are otherwise not deserving. Those of us which are considered Saints in His eyes.

    Peace. The peace of God that is beyond our comprehension.

    So, what's your thoughts on greeting other Saints with such as..., "Grace be unto you..." vice, "Hey Bud..., long time no see."
     
  2. Iconoclast

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    I have heard messages dealing with Paul's greetings and how they were purposefully spoken based on the truth of our position in Christ.

    It should be normal for a spiritually minded Christian to express themselves in these ways.

    out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    A worldly minded person is not thinking of this most of the time...his conversation reflects his speech

    Ephesians 5 King James Version (KJV)

    5 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

    2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

    3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

    4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

    5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

    6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

    7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

    8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

    9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

    10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

    11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

    13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

    14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

    15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

    16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.


    To comment on this opens a person up to be labeled one way or another.The charge will come ...how arrogant, proud , or rude to say such....but not in scripture...
    14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

    15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

    16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

    17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

    18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
     
  3. righteousdude2

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    I know people that greet me just that way, "Grace be unto you, Paul!" And I'll tell you this, it is better than being ignored, or some angry or depressing greeting that you know is dragging you int a long conversation that is one way, and leaves you feeling obligated to listen and over counsel and support.

    If a person feel comfortable using a Biblical greeting, then so be it. It is not a magical thing, just a matter of the heart. Personally, I like to greet my friends and new folks with a spirit of love that comes from a heart felt hand shake or hug, a warm smile and comforting words that make the other person know and feel I am genuinely happy to meet them!

    Great post, HAMel. I am looking forward to the responses to this question? :smilewinkgrin:
     
  4. HAMel

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    rd2, don't waste your time waiting for many responses as there's nothing to argue over.

    Iconoclast, how right you are. Needless to say we believers should be, for the most part, presenting ourselves a lot different than we do. Perhaps we don't so as to not be labeled a Bible Thumper.
     
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    I had thought about ending my posts with "A salam alaykum". Then I realized I would be doing so with the intent to bait people into an argument, and decided against it.
     
  6. Rolfe

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    I do not think that many would understand its meaning.
     
  7. Iconoclast

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    these are the kind of topics that we need to pay more attention to in our local churches. It starts with some dialog, then some hospitality, opening our homes and hearts to obey all the one another passages in the Nt...I believe there are at least 30

    love one another, edify one another, rejoice with one another etc:thumbs: most of these things require some real face time...lol
     

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