Thursday, July 23, 2015

Multiplied Grace and Peace

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. 
II Peter 1:2-3
Knowing God and having a relationship with Him will bring so much into our lives. Grace, peace, and His divine power are just the beginning to what life in Christ will bring, and you cannot find them anywhere else. 

- power to perform God's will – unmerited favor
Peace - the result of the work of grace – inner wholeness
Be multiplied - abounding to the level of every need
The verse above says that grace and peace are “multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord.” Grace is received by faith and obedience. We experience a measure of this peace through receiving God’s grace in the matter of our salvation. We place our hand of faith in God’s hand of grace, which He has reached down to us through no merit of our own.  But, there are people who have experienced great peace in that area of their life, yet have great turmoil in other areas of their lives.
Look at 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  This is a command, which means you have to decide to do it. Every command that God makes in the Bible is something that you have to decide to do. That means it is possible that you don’t do it.  To disobey is to turn aside from the course of “multiplied grace and peace.”
Unless a Christian grows, this grace and peace is not multiplied to him in the sense that Peter is speaking and he doesn’t enjoy many of the family privileges of being a child of God.
In the knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus means more than just filling a pew every Sunday morning.  The Christian life is a RELATIONSHIP, Not a Religion. The knowledge of God is the sphere in which grace and peace are communicated to the soul; they cannot be found outside that sphere. It, not merely of intellectual apprehension, but rather of deep contemplation; the knowledge which implies love—for only love can concentrate continually the powers of the soul in close meditation upon its object. To Know Him is to Love Him, Serve Him, and Trust Him.
Everything pertaining to Life and Godliness 
All that believers need for spiritual life and godly living is attainable through our knowledge (RELATIONSHIP) of Him (Christ). An intimate “full knowledge” of Christ is the source of spiritual power and growth.
The Christian life begins with saving faith in the person of Jesus Christ. But when you know Jesus Christ personally, you also experience God’s power, and this power produces “life and godliness.”
When you are born into the family of God by faith in Christ, you are born complete. “…and in Him you have been made complete” (Col. 2:10).  God gives you everything you will ever need “for life and godliness.” Nothing has to be added! Just as a normal baby is born with all the “equipment” he needs for life and only needs to grow, so the Christian has all that is needed and only needs to grow. God never has to call back any of His “models” because something is lacking or faulty. The believer is “genetically structured” to experience “glory and virtue.” One day we will be like the Lord Jesus Christ. We have been “called... to His eternal glory” (1 Peter 5:10), and we shall share that glory when Jesus Christ returns and takes His people to heaven.
Christ called us to this life of godliness by His own glory and goodness. Christ attracts people enslaved by sin by His own moral excellence and the total impact of His glorious Person.
Christ has given to me the capacity to rise above myself and my sin.  He has blessed me with the wisdom and power of His Holy Spirit to sanctify me IN and not just AFTER my earthly experience.

Scripture to Claim:
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;1strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  Colossians 1:9-12

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