2 Peter: 1: 1-2, Grace and Peace be yours in abundance

We begin the study of 2 Peter.  Peter had started his first letter with, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ”; and after stating he was writing “To God’s elect”, he said, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

In his second letter, and of course there could have been many in between since this is estimated to have been written around two years after his first recorded one, Peter begins with:
 “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.’
2 Peter 1:1-2
Peter was quite familiar with the grace of God – His unmerited favor.   As you will recall, after His resurrection,  through His grace, The Lord forgave Peter for his denial of Him at His trial.  It was unearned, unmerited favor, but The Lord gave it, and commissioned Peter to feed the sheep, the children of God, with His message of love and grace. Peter had failed Him, as have we all, but The Lord forgave him – as He has done for each of us. Unmerited, unearned, Grace.
Peter was quite familiar with peace as well.  When he was in doubt and fear at the mock trial of Jesus, and was looking at the situation that Jesus was in instead of remembering what the Lord had told them.  Instead of remembering that Jesus was able to raise the dead, walk on water, feed thousands with a little of nothing, make the lame walk,  Peter lost his peace.  He became very much in the flesh. He got confused.  He forgot who he was. He lost the power of faith in Christ.  He ran away.
 So it it can be for us.  If we are in the midst of something we do not understand, and get confused, and forget that our Lord, God of all power is in control,  we can become afraid in the flesh. Lack of faith in our Lord leads to fear.  Fear robs us of our strength to stand firm and wait on the Lord. Fear robs us of our peace.
The Word tells us in 1 Samuel 17 of when David, a shepherd boy at the time, stood up to Goliath, a giant that everyone was afraid of, and put his faith in his righteous God. He was not afraid.  David had total trust in his God because he had already been delivered from a fight with a Lion, and a Bear. He had slain them both.  He knew it had to be the power of the Lord to be able to do these things.  He knew that God was with him, and was at peace that the Lord would bring down the Giant as well. . He stood up to the giant and said , “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” He operated in faith, he operated in peace and assurance- and the Lord brought victory.
The Word tells us in John and Acts, the first words the Lord spoke to His disciples after His resurrection were:  “Peace be with you.”  They were huddled together in fear but the Lord wanted them to know they had nothing to fear. He had defeated death, and had taken the keys to the gates of hades, and that all power had been given unto Him.  He had overcome the world.  He said “In Me, you shall have peace.”
As Peter wrote this letter, he had learned about the power of our righteous Lord.  He had learned about grace.  He had learned about the peace our Lord gives when we look to Him for the answer.  Peter could now face any situation, and be at peace about it. He had learned that Christ Jesus was in him, and that he was in Christ Jesus.  He had learned that Victory is always in Christ.  He had learned that since he was in Christ; victory was his.  He was at peace in his heart, in his soul, in his spirit.
So it is for us.  When we ask Jesus into our lives, He comes in to our soul.  He brings the Holy Spirit who gives birth to our spirit, and we become a child of God through that born again miracle of life. Jesus is in us, and since Jesus and the Father are One, that means The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit, great God in three persons is in us.  And since God is in us, and we are in God, we are One with Him.  And since we are One with Him, He is for us.  And if God is for us- who can be against us. All power is in us. No giant , no  issue, no enemy can stand against us and win. We can go into the day in faith in Christ Jesus, knowing that we have victory if anything tries to come against us.  We are One with God.  Grace is ours.  Peace is ours.
 Peter said, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance”, my Brothers and Sisters, God’s Beloveds. In Abundance! You are a greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved child of God. Meditate upon the knowledge of who you truly are and walk in grace and peace.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line.


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