October 23, 2002

Grace, Peace & the Presence of God

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Rev. Kurt Gray

The Scriptures do not contain any superfluous words. Although at times we might skim over opening and closing verses of epistles to get the heart of the letter, we see in today’s text how rich and densely packed the closing three verses are. They contain a feast of deep shalom peace, a glimpse of the future glory awaiting us as we return from sin-induced exile and the benediction of God’s unmerited favor upon us.