Posted by: StrongStakes | January 3, 2014

Signing off with Grace & Truth!

Using a Bible-based signature on emails is an intentional habit.  In 2011, I signed off with “Abide in the Vine.”  In 2012, it was “Embrace God’s Grace.”  In 2013 … “Shalom!”

2014 will be marked by “Grace & Truth” … hopefully, in more ways than an email signature!  The Bible uses both words liberally to paint a detailed picture of God’s character.

The primary Hebrew word translated “grace” in the Old Testament is [חֵן or chen] meaning “grace, favor, charm, elegance or acceptance.”  It occurs scores of times (69x in the NASB), plus additional Hebrew words approximate this meaning, adding new dimensions.

In the New Testament, [χάρις or charis] is the most frequently used Greek wordDepending on the context for each verse, the term is translated as “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good-will, loving-kindness or favor.”  This word occurs 159 times in the N.T.

“Truth” [אֱמֶת or ’emeth], occurring 127 times in the O.T., defines “firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, stability or perpetuity.”  In the N.T. [ἀλήθεια or alētheia] describes (110x) that which is “free from pretense, simulation, falsehood or deceit.”

Even more significant are the two times the Apostle John combines “grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17) to describe Jesus … the Word made flesh … Immanuel … God with us!

When you receive an email this year signed with “Grace & Truth,” be encouraged, be blessed, be filled with grace and truth!

Hope to see you all in my living room on Monday night.

Grace & Truth!

~ tr

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