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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

 

Most epistles begin with a blessing (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Peter 1:2). The Greek indicates Peter’s wish for these Asia Minor Christians.
 
Grace
Peter wants us to bless believers but that blessing comes in an exclusive form–in the “full-knowledge” of God. God blesses us when we come into intimate, personal relationship with God. This is the means of grace.
Grace is God’s favor and provision for us. Peter wants God’s favor multiplied in our lives. We do this through knowledge of God (John 17:3). The more knowledge we have of God the more He increases grace in our lives. Jesus is the means of that grace,
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17).
Just when we feel that we cannot go on, the Lord provides His grace.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
God gives grace to help us just in the nick of time. His timing is perfect. We do not earn or deserve grace. We come to the throne of grace and we receive what we need. The reason we receive grace so readily is that God is the “God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). God has cornered the market on grace.
God’s grace is available to us (Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 3:8). Whatever situation we may face or whatever our predicament, God gives us what we need. His grace will sustain us.
Principle:
God commits Himself to provide for us and to sustain us.
Application:
Grace emphasizes the character and action of God on our behalf. God’s plan for us includes His participation in our lives. He willingly pours out unmerited favor upon His own people. God has a perfect plan whereby imperfect creatures can function. That plan is His grace to us.
When we accept Christ, we join God’s team. God has a game plan for his team that cannot fail since execution of the plan rests upon the Coach. The second we commit sin, God’s plan of grace goes into action. Jesus lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25).
If a player in the NFL does something that is contrary to the coach’s game plan, the coach may bench him. When a Christian steps out of God’s game plan, God Himself does something to make sure play continues. Jesus’ blood keeps on cleansing us from all sin (1 John 1:7). No one can ruin His plan. No matter what we do, we cannot exceed God’s grace for us. This is grace.
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