MULTIPLIED GRACE AND PEACE
Those who have trusted in Jesus can always expect to have multiplying provisions of divine grace and peace. So Peter wrote, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you” (2 Pet 1:2). These two divine blessings are so necessary in a believer’s life.
“Grace” brings to us the goodness of God that we do not deserve. “Grace” is God’s favour to the undeserving. It guarantees His forgiveness, His preservation of our souls and His provisions. Grace truly gives us more than we deserve. It makes us more than what we can be on our own in our life. So Paul wrote, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Cor 9:8).
“Peace” is the result of God’s grace manifested through the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ. First, through Christ we have peace with God. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). Second, through Christ we also receive the peace of God. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).
Both grace and peace will be multiplied. As our lives move forward through rough and tough days, we can expect more of His grace and more of His peace. The Scripture gives us no reason to think that these blessings will sometimes be scarcely given to us. Instead, as Peter said, they will be multiplied in our lives.
Peter also said that it is “through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” that we will receive the abundant grace and peace. We can grow more and more in the knowledge of God and His only begotten Son as we read, believe and obey His Word, which is the revelation of God. A Bible-oriented life will certainly have more of God’s grace and peace.
THOUGHT: God gives much grace that we may receive more grace.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to live in full awareness of Thy ceaseless grace