“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen“
Paul concludes 2 Thessalonians with a blessing.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
As Paul began 2 Thessalonians with peace and grace, so he also ends the epistle. He closes each of his letters by praying that God’s grace would be the portion of his readers.
be with you
Paul prays that “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” would be with the Thessalonians in sustaining power.
The blessing of 2 Thessalonians adds one word to the benediction of 1 Thessalonians – the word “all.” The word “all” may be a plea for unity in the church. All of us need the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” for this.
The word “amen” means so be it. It is a word of faith. He prays that the Thessalonians would receive peace and grace to God.
God saves us and sustains us by grace.
God’s grace works on us to bring us to Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9) and the grace of God sustains us as Christians.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14).