The Tenth Day of Christmas
“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:2
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
Multiplied grace and multiplied peace are the free gifts of God that surpass any guilt or accusation the enemy can try to use against us. Looking back over the past year we can easily identify our times of failure to live up to God’s expectation of us. Well…that is what the enemy would have us believe.
But God is not so picky, petty or touchy about our human lives. His work in us transcends anything that our outward man fails to do. He is working in us to conform us to the image of Christ. We get to cooperate in that work but we don’t direct nor are we capable of making it happen through our good works. Our ways will line up with His and most of the time we are doing and being exactly what He expects us to do and be.
We who are born again by His Spirit are walking in that new Spirit because that’s who we are. When on occasion some act or word we do or speak is contrary to His will and purpose for our lives there is more than enough mercy, grace and peace to cover it. That is the Love of God working in us both to will and to do of our good pleasure.
The nature of multiplied grace and peace is that they are inexhaustibly linked to God’s love for us. Our sins and iniquities, past present and future were all cast into the sea of forgetfulness when Jesus died on the cross paying the penalty for our sins and the sins of the whole world if we would believe it and receive it. I do not say that God’s grace is extended to everyone without condition or faith in Jesus Christ.
But we have peace with God now through Him and we have obtained mercy by His blood.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
As we celebrate this 10th day of Christmas consider the depth of God’s love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us and now that we are His we have been granted mercy, grace and peace multiplied beyond any measure of judgment of men or devils. We are free indeed in our Lord Jesus Christ and He wants us living our lives with an expectation of good, of blessing, of hope and joyful realization of His purpose and plan for our lives being victorious in all challenges and succeeding in all that we set our hands to.
In this New Year we are not the weak, helpless or fearful cowering under the burden of life’s machinations. No. We are the redeemed of the Lord, the blessed sons and daughters of the Most High God, the children of the King of Kings, the beloved, the more than conquers, the kings and priests unto our God. We are the healed, the strong, the light of the world going somewhere to happen, to be and to be poured out to be filled again and again and again, our resources and the love of God working in and through us never being exhausted or our strength abating until we see the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to rule and reign forever.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue…” 2 Peter 1:1-3