If you came this morning looking for a deeply spiritual encouragement – perhaps you should come back tomorrow. Today I just was tickled by an ESV study note that triggered the light-hearted thought that I share today. I believe “A joyful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22
Here’s the study note in 2 Thessalonians 3:17: “…and the final greeting was written in Paul’s own unique handwriting, which served as a mark of authenticity…”
We see this affirmation by Paul in several of his writings.
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. 1 Corinthians 16:21
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. Galatians 6:11
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 2 Thessalonians 3:17
I, Paul, write this with my own hand… Philemon 1:19
In light of the 2016 elections (no I’m not going political on you) I would like to offer this interpretation of what Paul was saying when he signed his letters in his own hand: In 2016 Election vernacular we can read it this way: I am Paul, and I approve this message.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.