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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.”

 

be multiplied to you

The word “multiplied” comes from the word to fill. God wants grace and peace to fill our lives. It is one thing to have a measure of grace and peace and it is quite another to have an abundance of grace and peace in our lives. Is grace and peace increasing in ever-greater measure in your life? May God’s grace increase in extent and measure in your experience.

Grace and peace can sanctify us. The multiplication of grace and peace can revolutionize our lives.

PRINCIPLE:

The multiplication of grace and peace can revolutionize our lives.

APPLICATION:

Addition is one thing and multiplication is another. We get there faster with multiplication than addition.

When we multiply grace and peace, we ignite spiritual fuel for our Christian journey. We can no more live the Christian life without spiritual fuel than we can operate our car without gas and oil. If we are not going anywhere for the Lord, we will not need much spiritual fuel. However, if we expend a great amount of spiritual energy, we need to increase the volume of our spiritual fuel. The spiritual fuel here is grace and peace. We consume vast amounts of grace in serving the Lord (2 Co 12:9; He 4:16; Ja 4:6). We need great peace and settlement of soul while serving Him. The battle will wear us down without replenishment from the Lord.

One of the great benefits to some stock is that it compounds its interest. This is one of the reasons that the rich get richer. Microsoft keeps getting bigger and bigger because its assets keep multiplying. Bill Gates’ wealth, the founder of Microsoft, as of this writing is $40.530400 billion. If I had as much money as Gates, I might be inclined occasionally to withdraw some of it to use right now. Some people let their wealth accumulate. God wants us to multiply grace and peace in our lives so that we will use those blessings in time. Do you draw on your spiritual assets from time to time?

Spiritually, we are all spiritual billionaires. We can live on the interest of our capital in Christ. If you had Bill Gates’ money, you might withdraw enough to buy an ice cream cone occasionally! You may want to withdraw a few thousand to go on an extensive trip somewhere. No Christian should wait till he or she gets to heaven before withdrawing their spiritual capital. Since your spiritual interest constantly accumulates (multiplies), why not treat yourself to something? We can think in terms of letting our spiritual capital sit or we can think in terms of using it. Draw on your spiritual resources now! You will never run out of spiritual resources. They constantly accumulate.

We often hear stories of people who beg for money yet they are enormously wealthy. As strange that this may seem, this is exactly the problem with many Christians today. The prodigal son ate slop of pigs while his wealthy father waited for him at home. Why should we live like paupers? Clip your spiritual dividends. Draw on God’s unlimited resources. Every time we draw upon the knowledge of God, which opens the bank account of God’s grace. There is no way for grace to grow in our lives without knowledge of God. There is no substitute for knowing God’s Word.

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