GRACE AND PEACE HAVE BEEN FREELY GIVEN
By Shirley Rhodes
In our lesson today we present you with two precepts. One of Grace and the other of Peace, and when they are combined we learn just how God has given both of them to all His Children Freely. Paul spoke elegantly about God’s Grace and Peace though out his life. He also demonstrated to us how Grace and Peace had been Freely Given by God.
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2 ESV)
Do you know the grace of God in justification? Do you know the grace of God in sanctification? Do you by God’s grace forgive others; do you by God’s grace live a contented life, rejoicing in the Lord always? You cannot live this way in your own strength. You need God’s grace. His grace is sufficient for all your needs.
The Apostle Paul had a physical affliction, a thorn in the flesh, which he asked the Lord to remove. How did the Lord answer him? Did he heal Paul? No. He said my grace is sufficient for you (II Corinthians 12:9). In weakness Paul would be more aware of the strength of the Lord. He would know the abounding grace of God every day.
Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. It is the plan of
God that all/everyone experience that rescue, therefore Grace and Peace Have Been Freely Given so that we might all come into knowledge and understanding.
The world we live in is complex and can often lead to moments of confusion when faith and religion is involved, a choice. Understanding the meaning behind why Grace and Peace Have Been Freely Given should fill our hearts with the desire to know more about the One who gives so liberally the freedom of choice. The truth is one of the first things Men and Women do when they get their hands on religion is that many of them often turn it into an instrument for controlling others. God sent his only Son in order that we might taste the free life; a life free of constraints and bondage of the old way by entering into a relationship knowing Grace and Peace Have Been Freely Given in order that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
Paul says, “I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So, I quit being a “law man” so that I could get to be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him, I have been crucified with Christ, and my ego is no longer central. It is no longer I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God, Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be abandonment to everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that”; ( Galatians 2:19-21; MGS) for God’s Grace and Peace Have Been Freely Given.
Paul wrote of peace from God and Jesus. It is actually peace from God and peace with God. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). Paul mentions peace after grace and for good reason – because peace flows from grace. Someone has described grace as a fountain and peace as the river that flows from it.
Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Through his blood Jesus has brought us, indeed bought us, Peace with God. Jesus said my peace I give to you, not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27). In Christ we have peace with God and that peace overflows, along with his grace, into every aspect of our life.
Those who live by faith are blessed; anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God is doomed to failure. The person who lives in the right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into him-self. Grace (favor) and Peace (calm response) Have Been Freely (voluntary) Given to all who seek.
I conclude this lesson with my peace to you and may God’s grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
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