The Apostle Paul used this phrase thirteen times: Grace and peace to you. Each one of Paul’s letters open with these words. Whether Paul was writing to the people of a church, to his “true son in the faith,” or even writing to discuss the difference between slavery and brotherhood, his blessing is grace and peace.
Why would this man of God greet everyone in this manner? What is so important about grace and peace that Paul feels the need to speak the words immediately? One article will not do–who could exhaust the possibilities of these two words? Neither will theological definitions do–the academy has been lulled into the trap of believing that if we can define a word we somehow possess the quality.