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“By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.”

 

I have written to you briefly,

Peter wrote first Peter by using an amanuensis (a secretary who penned the epistle — Silvanus).

Verses 12-14 are the postscript to the epistle, the PS.   He probably wrote the PS in his own hand.

exhorting and testifying

Peter shows why he wrote to the Asia Minor Christians (Turkey today). He wanted to do two things:

1) exhort and

2) testify.

“Exhorting” means to encourage or appeal. Peter exhorted the believers throughout this epistle to live under “the true grace of God.”

“Testifying” means to bear witness. To give testimony is to provide the strongest assurance to them that the purpose of this letter was the true grace of God.

that this is the true grace of God

All of Peter’s exhorting and testifying in First Peter revolved around “the true grace of God.” Every command and every testimony must center on grace. The “true grace of God” is the operating principle of the entire epistle of First Peter. The child of God can withstand persecution if he or she stands in the grace of God (1:13; 4:10; 5:10).

Ac 20:32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

1 Co 15:10  “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

2 Co 1:12  “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”

2 Co 8:1  “Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.”

He 2:9  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

There must be a false grace if there is true grace. The Devil imitates everything God does. Sometimes imitation grace looks as good as the real thing. This is how the Devil deceives people. He sells them a bill of goods.

Some people turn the grace of God into lewdness. They give a spin to the idea of grace that is contrary to God’s view of grace. Grace is evidently vulnerable to some using it as an excuse for sin (Jude 4).

PRINCIPLE:

Grace is the operating principle for all suffering and Christian living.

APPLICATION:

Are we conscious that it is Jesus who bestows upon us the power to live the Christian life? We have a right to live in God’s power not because of who and what we are but because of who and what Jesus is and did. God delivers us by his sovereign unadulterated grace. He asks no work, no merit, nor effort on our part. He does not save us nor empower us by Christ plus anything but by Christ plus nothing. It is not Christ plus our religion or Christ plus anything. It is Christ plus nothing that equals salvation.

Ro 4:5  “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”

Jesus does it all. He suffered all that needs to be suffered for our sins. No effort of our own can save or sustain us. Whether it is becoming a Christian or growing as a Christian, it is by grace (2 Peter 3:18).

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