By his righteousness, by his power, by his promises (2 Peter 1)

The more I read this chapter, the more Peter’s words strike me.

He says in verse 2,

May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

How many of us know that grace in our lives? How many of us know God’s peace in our lives?

These are things that many Christians struggle to truly grasp in their lives. Perhaps part of the reason is sections in the Bible like verses 5-10 where it almost sounds like, “It’s all up to you! Do your best to be a good Christian!”

But to pull those words out of their context is to lose sight of the grace and peace that God intends us to walk in.

Peter prays in this letter that grace and peace be multiplied to us through the knowledge of God and Jesus.

What knowledge is he talking about. Many things, I suspect, but we see some key things right here in this chapter.

First, we stand before God, not because of our own righteousness, but because of Jesus’. That is why Peter can tell us that we have received a faith equal to the apostles themselves. The apostles didn’t stand before God because they were somehow more godly than anyone else. They had faults. They sinned. They failed. But they stood because Jesus caused them to stand (Romans 14:4). They stood in his righteousness, not their own. And so do we. That’s why we don’t have to worry about trying to earn our way into God’s good graces. We already have peace with him.

Second, God has given us the power we need in order to live as he has called us to. Peter tells us that God called us because of his own glory and goodness, not our own. He knows we are weak in ourselves. And so he empowers us, giving us everything we need for life and godliness. He doesn’t just say, “Good luck. You’re on your own.” Rather, he stands by us to help us every step of the way. All we have to do is ask.

More than that, he has given us his great and precious promises. Promises that our sins are forgiven because of the cross. Promises that when Jesus appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Promises that in the meantime, the Holy Spirit will dwell in us, leading us, guiding us, and empowering us to become more like Jesus.

These are the things we need to understand. And if we do, we will walk in grace and the peace of God.

And with that assurance and joy in our hearts, and by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we start adding to our faith things like goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.

So let us meditate on Christ’s righteousness by which we stand, the power he provides, and his promises that make all these things possible.

And as you do, you will know the grace and peace of God in your life.

 

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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