December 1, 2022     3:13 am
194. Week of Trinity Sunday - Thursday
Grace be to you and peace
          Grace be to you and peace.   Revelations 1:4
          This is a salutation of our God, written in the Holy Book by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This greeting is sent to the churches, to the multitudes of those on earth who believe in Christ, to the Christians,- to you, O Christian! A truly valid, mighty, blessed salutation of God! This nullifies every curse. It brings you God's grace and the peace of God in time and eternity. So He greets you "who is, and who was, and who is to come," Jehovah, the most high, the eternal God, God the Father, almighty Creator of heaven and earth. This salutation comes to you "from the seven Spirits that are before His throne," from God the Holy Spirit, who with many gifts proceeds from the Father and descends upon the Christians. And this salutation comes "from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the First begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. To Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to God and His Father: to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." For He, Jesus Christ, is equal with the Father. He says: "I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty," just as the Father. "Grace be to you and peace!" So the Holy Trinity greets us - you. So the eternal Father greets you. His heart burns for you. This greeting the eternal Spirit brings you through His Word as it is recorded in the Bible, and implants it in your heart. With this salutation the eternal Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, greets you, who at so great a price procured grace and peace for you, and who exalts you into the most sublime heights, to His heart and into His glory. How will you respond to this salutation of God?
          PRAYER: - Thus will I respond, most good and gracious God: Give, O give to me Your grace and Your peace! Shall I stand back when You meet me so kindly? Full well You know my most miserable condition, and still You greet me in this way. Yes, give me Your grace, give me Your peace, O triune, eternal God! I will bask in Your grace, in Your peace I will exult in all eternity. Amen.

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December 1, 2022     3:13 am