By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ. – 1 Peter 5:12-14
“God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” is a good way to think of grace. God’s goodness, gifts, blessings, and benefits come to at the expense of his Son, Jesus. In other words, God’s grace is expensive, but the cost is not paid by us who receive it; it is paid by Jesus himself – by his life, suffering, death, and resurrection, culminated by Jesus return on the Great Last Day.
Silvanus was perhaps the letter-carrier for Peter, and called his “faithful brother.” As such he was also a blessing of God’s grace to Peter – and to us since he served to record Peter’s teachings by which this letter is preserved to us today.
when you think of the true grace of God, we must think first of Jesus’ gift of eternal life and the hope we have in his resurrection and the life of the world to come. But when God also sends people into our lives who help sustain us in that grace and in our lives as servants of the gospel, we can thank God for that grace as well.