Regardless of the epistle’s content, the apostle Paul begins every inspired letter to a congregation with the same greeting: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:2).
Because he was an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (Ephesians 1:1), whatever Paul wrote after this salutation was the truth. In some epistles the truth needed was a firm rebuke; in other epistles the truth needed was a vigorous encouragement. In either case, Paul wanted to be sure he wrote the truth in love.
The great apostle wanted the best for his beloved brethren/readers. He harbored no ill will, hostility, or bitterness toward them. He daily had deep concern for all the churches (2 Corinthians 12:28). His brethren had “highly favored” status in his heart, and he openly expressed his love and affection to them.
In addition, he desired the peace of God which surpasses all understanding to permeate their lives and stand as a sentinel guarding their hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).
Grace. Peace. Two simple words, yet what a mouthful they declare!
What a most fitting salutation for an inspired apostle as he writes the truth in love.