Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:1-4
Have you really considered what the grace and peace Peter speaks of here means? He was writing only to a particular group of people – “those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours.” In today’s secular world, the word “inclusive” has suddenly become a guiding force. Born again Christianity is inclusive in that it is open to all who believe. But on the other hand, God’s promises are exclusive to believers only; and available only to those who are like-minded. And that’s exclusive.
Peter makes it clear. “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” We are different. And this difference will never be well received by an unbelieving world. And this is why believers must stand firm. This faith we speak of is the foundation of our belief system. And nothing can separate us from His love and His eternal truth. And most certainly not the false teachings of this fallen world in it’s hopeless attempts to make things right.
All of Paul’s letters also began with this “grace and peace” greeting. This was a primary focus of Paul’s letters. And later on by Peter as well, when he was clearly following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because forgiveness and peace with God through God’s grace is the primary message of the gospel. And everlasting peace with God, and rest in God are eternal blessings for believers in Christ Jesus.
I will say it again. The result of God’s grace is eternal peace with and rest in God. Believers in Jesus should never doubt where they stand with God. To do so is the same as doubting Jesus. We are forgiven and accepted by God unconditionally and eternally by His grace through believing in Jesus Christ only. Our sins and good or bad deeds are no longer taken into account as it relates to forgiveness, redemption, sanctification, and justification. We are forgiven past, present, and future … forever. It is finished.
But never forget, if a believer chooses to follow in the ways of the world … here and now, they will be held accountable, and there will be severe consequences. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:4-7
And Paul’s letters gives more insight as to how we are seen by God. Paul described born again believers as follows: “those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus; saints by calling; beloved of God; faithful in Christ Jesus; blessed with every spiritual blessing; chosen in Him before the foundation of the world; predestined to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ; holy and blameless before Him; redeemed through his blood; forgiven of our trespasses; rescued from this present evil age; partakers of grace; faithful brethren; love for all the saints; filled with understanding; work of faith; labor of love; endurance inspired by hope; faith grows exceedingly; filled with power, love, and discipline.”
Meditate on each point. This is how God sees you and me. And when we see ourselves as Jesus sees us, we can rest in His love and we become more and more like Him.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West Geezerdust©