Established in His Peace - PT 1
Grace and Peace is Multiplied to Us in the Knowledge of Him
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philemon 1:3)
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Pt. 1:2-4)
Most people pray to God to give them peace. Yes, grace and peace come from God (Philemon 1:3). But Peter linked our peace to the knowledge we have. When we are in communion with the Lord, the knowledge He imparts to us gives us a peace that seems unnatural to those who don’t have the benefit of God’s perspective. This peace isn’t automatic or without effort on our part. If we don’t take advantage of God’s knowledge, which comes primarily through His Word (2 Pt. 1:4), then this peace won’t manifest in our lives.
God's Word tells us that as we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the natural things that we need, will be simply added to us (Mt. 6:33). What is more, as we pursue a greater wisdom and a deeper revelation of the knowledge of God, grace and peace will be multiplied in our lives. It is in the knowledge of God that we receive all the things that pertain to life and godliness.
We cannot earn God's grace (Rom. 11:6) but the more we learn of His beauty, the more we position ourselves to receive a multiplication of God's grace and peace in our lives. As we learn of His beauty, the peace of God that always presides over our hearts from fear, stress, worry, and anxiety will be multiplied in all things that pertain to life and godliness. That includes our health, our provisions, our families and our jobs.
Grow in Grace and Knowledge
Notice that grace comes before peace. There isn't any peace if we don’t embrace grace.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Pt. 3:18)
The Lord has already given us His grace and peace (Tit. 2:11; Jn, 1:16), but we can grow in our knowledge of it. Remember that all things that pertain unto life and godliness are given unto us through the knowledge of God (2 Pt. 1:2-4). We increase in our knowledge of Him as we seek His Word, His Kingdom and His righteousness. As we hear His Word and meditate on it, we allow the Holy Spirit to saturate our hearts and our minds, So that the Seed of His Word can be sown and begin to be fruitful and multiplied.
Faith in the Gospel of Peace
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," (Rom. 5:1)
The word “therefore” means “for that reason; consequently." In context, Paul had just proven through the life of Abraham that justification came by faith. He then made the statement that these truths about Abraham were not written in Scripture for his sake alone but so that we could also be justified by faith (Rom. 4:23-24). So, having established justification by faith, here he moved on to some of the benefits of being justified by faith instead of works.
The first benefit of being justified by faith, instead of works, that Paul mentioned is PEACE. Peace can only come when we relate to God on the basis of faith in what He did for us instead of what we do for Him. Those of us who are thinking that we must perform up to some standard to be accepted by God will have no peace. That puts the burden of salvation on our shoulders, and we can’t bear that load.
We were incapable of living holy enough to please God before we were saved, and we are incapable of living holy enough to please God now that we are saved (Heb. 11:6). We were saved by faith, and we have to continue to walk with God by faith (Col. 2:6-7). Not understanding this has caused many Christians who love God not to enjoy the peace that was provided for them through faith in Jesus. The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of peace (Lk. 2:14; Rom. 10:15; Eph. 6:15).
We are not trying to obtain peace with God we already have peace with God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1). As you get a deeper revelation of God you will see more of His grace and peace being released in and through your life.
Speaker: Dave Everett
March 29, 2020
2 Peter 1:2-4'>2 Peter 1:2-4Share
Senior Pastor / PresidentDave Everett
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