“Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen”
We come to the benediction and final word of the apostle Paul to the church at Galatia. Paul does not give any salutation to the Galatians because of their biblical distortions of self-righteousness. He was in the business of serious communication of the principle of grace in this epistle.
By his use of “brethren,” Paul extends a touch of love to the Galatians. The Galatians are in the family of God. In the final analysis, the Galatians and Paul are in the family together.
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul closes Galatians on a note of grace just as he began the epistle with grace (1:3,6). Paul finishes with his trademark–grace. All his letters close on that note.
“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).
Grace belongs to Jesus Christ. He both bought grace for us and distributes grace to us. Paul’s parting point is that grace revolves around Christ and His work.
be with your spirit.
All Christians need “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” with their spirit. This is the human spirit. As believers absorb grace, they will grow in Christ. This is Paul’s desire for the Galatians.
The final word of Galatians is a word of confidence. The word “amen” means so be it. Paul, in summary, form, affirms his own conviction that grace is the center of Christianity. Self-righteousness is the polar opposite of genuine Christianity.
Jesus embodies the principle of grace.
The Bible is Christ-centric, and Christ is grace-centered. The better we understand the principle of grace, the better we understand and love Jesus Christ.