Last Daily Post until 17th November.
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) and all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection. Paul had founded the church in Galatia about a decade before he sent this letter. That he has to begin with an authority statement is quite telling. If you read the remainder of the letter you will understand that things had gone wrong in the church and folk had begun to doubt Paul's authority and his teaching.
Paul knew all of the above and rather than beginning angrily, he asks for peace and grace to be theirs. He does soon let them know his disappointment, but begins with grace and peace. He starts with, "this is who and what I am - an apostle." Then offers them grace and peace....and restates the Gospel. Grace and peace and the Gospel. Not a bad way to begin a letter!
Prayer. May we know grace and peace and the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives this day. In Jesus's name. Amen.