Promises made… Promises kept

The scripture chosen here is, 2 Peter 1:1-4 (NKJV)
1  Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3  as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4  by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

So I offered the connection that we have access to “many things” promised by God. In affect what we have received by faith, mainly Salvation in Christ, was only a beginning. Now occasionally we notice Christians have a tendency to see this fact, Salvation by Grace, as progressive not static. These brothers and sisters seem to think their “Saved” status needs sanctification or growth. Some folks even to the extent feel we have power to lose salvation.  Please do not believe that. In fact this act “of God” was/is not within our power to gain or lose… Salvation is by faith through Grace. (Eph 2:8) Faith is our revelation; that we have become aware of the action by God… this can be stronger or weaker based on knowledge of Christ Jesus. This Grace can be conveyed (faith or knowledge gained)  in a number of ways also.  But the action was Grace; and very importantly salvation for you was a singular fact of Grace revealed.

Simply stated greater faith does not get you more saved. Greater faith does not make you more worthy of Grace. What Peter is stating here is this “like faith” (this divine revelation which can and will strengthen by our effort) can net the believer multiplied Grace… Brothers and sisters, there is more to this life in Christ than our singular point of Grace, Salvation. The Word of God has “promises” available to you which may be received. We have been given access to all by Grace, the first point. And now we must go on to receive more points of Grace; more promises. – “Grace and peace be multiplied to you…”

And our means of access and gain? We limit this discussion by simply stating the scriptural truth spoken by Peter; these promises are obtained by faith, our singular but ever growing knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in God and Knowledge of God are synonymous. And divine conveyance of knowledge/faith ?

Well, this Revelation of God / revealed promises is a theme (the how, the why, the when) which we will expand in the future, but let’s close with this… That you are saved was the singular fact of Grace now revealed in you by faith; Knowledge of God / Faith of God has been revealed in you. Now there are infinite promises found through greater knowledge of God. We must go on to build this most Holy Faith. We must believe God’s own divine power has been given to us to receive; so that we may reveal to this time and place more of God’s Glory. In God, promises have been made… in you and me promises will be kept. We are mere vessels of the promise(s) -The Glory of God!

a Chaplain


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