In this 6-minute read, New Testament writer Tom Wright talks about ‘The Grace’:
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all,
now and evermore.
The final sentence of 2 Corinthians is one of the most famous lines anywhere in Paul – so famous, in fact, that many people who hear it, or say it regularly, don’t even realise it is written by Paul, and wouldn’t be able to find it if they thought it was. It’s become a regular prayer, or blessing, in many churches and Christian groups. It sums up so much of what being a Christian is all about; it draws the focus firmly on to the God we know in and through Jesus and the spirit; and it takes the rich practical meaning and the rich theological meaning and turns them together into an elegant prayer. No wonder it has become so popular.
It’s worth pausing on this verse and digging a little deeper, before we let the familiar words wash over us and forget what they actually mean. Let’s begin with what they say about being a Christian.