9. Why do you Pentecostals greet one another saying, ‘Peace unto you’ and with a kiss?




We greet one another by saying, ‘Peace unto you’ because when Jesus sent His disciples to preach the kingdom of God He said to them: “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you” (Luke 10:5-6 – NKJV). Jesus Himself, when He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, greeted His disciples by saying ‘Peace unto you,’ as it is written: “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with [unto] you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! …” (John 20:19-21 – NKJV). However, we are not the only ones who greet one another by saying to one another, ‘Peace,’ for the Jews also greet one another by saying, ‘Shalom!’ (Hebrew word which means ‘Peace’).

Concerning the fact that we greet one another with a kiss: we do it in obedience to the following words of the apostles: “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20 – NKJV); “Greet one another with a kiss of love” (1 Peter 5:14 – NKJV).