Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Heaven’s greatest gifts and holiest spiritual blessings accompanied with divine grace belong only to those who have obtained salvation. Galatians 6:18 is the closing salutation to the Book of Galatians. The first word is “Brethren . . .” and is used because God’s Word is talking to all those who belong to Him, and when they are God’s children, they are His sons and daughters, and members of His family. Every child of God is important to Him (Luke 15:10), and to each other (Ephesians 4:14-16).
Jesus, during the Gospel period was known to his disciples as their “master” (John 13:13) while to Jesus Christ, his disciples were known to him as his “friends” (John 15:13-15). This is still true today, along with another dynamic dimension, and that is that Christ is also our beloved Savior. For as he is a child of God (Mark 1:11) we are also the children of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:15-17a).
The next phrase in Galatians 6:18 is “. . . the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” “Your spirit” here means the inner you, not only what is in your heart but in your emotions and in your feelings and in all that makes you — you. After our salvation and introduction into God’s household, the very next thing that He gives to His children is “grace,” the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, for he was raised from the dead, and because he was resurrected, he has been the foundation of all true Christianity. In Romans 10:9-10, we learned that we must believe and confess that God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead; this is how we obtained our salvation. Then, we have free access to all the grace that came with Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means unmerited and undeserved favor from the God of all love, and today the wonderful grace of God in Christ is ours to discover in the New Testament Scriptures, and to enjoy in our lives.
The last word in Galatians 6:18 is, “. . . Amen.” This means, “So be it.” In other words, the last word fills up the thought and content of the subject. Thus the grace of our Lord Jesus is permanently and presently with you and in you because you are the brethren of Jesus Christ and the children of God. Amen and so be it.