“God has already given us all the things we need for life and godliness.”
What do you think when you read that statement? Is it true? All things? Everything? For life and godliness? That seems like a lot.
Yes, this comes from 2 Peter 1:3. I used it here before:
.. . 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, 2 Peter 1:3
Now wouldn’t you like to unpack that a little?
Suppose you learn that someone has sent you a special gift. They sent it through the mail and it has just arrived. They want you to open it and enjoy it, but you decide just to let it sit in the living room. That big box is filled with very special things, but you don’t enjoy any of them. In fact, you don’t really know what they are.
Well, the Lord says that He has given you a gift. The gift of eternal life. The gift of salvation. The gift of grace. Isn’t it time to unpack that gift?
Over the next several weeks, the Grace 101 series will be about answering a simple question. It’s the question we most often hear at Christmas and on birthdays: “Whadja get?” You know what I mean. The birthday child slowly unwraps the present and all the other kids have wide eyes and are leaning forward in their seats. Everyone has the same question. They all want to know, “What did you get?”
The world around the Christian is wondering what the Christian has that they don’t have. They want to know what we got in that gift from Jesus. There are believers who have never opened their gift. They still work as though they are earning their salvation. They are still afraid like they were under the law. They don’t know what they have in their gift, so they are watching you and me as we dig through ours. So the world and the fearful believer have the same question: What did you get?
I think you will be amazed. I really do. I am beginning the study and I am already amazed. What a wonderful God we have! He loves us so much! And what a wonderful gift He has given us!
One quick thing: Beginning this week, I will be blogging only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I hope to do some serious writing through the summer and this will help. (Narcissist Fridays will continue as normal.) But there is another reason for this schedule as well. I hope you will take some time to think about each of these blessings we discover as we unpack the gift God has given. Rather than just run through them quickly, let’s take a day or so to pray, to enjoy the wonder, and to be grateful.
When we unpack this amazing gift, I believe we will finally understand why Christians under grace walk in victory and live in joy and are filled with love. Life with Jesus is the best of all possible lives!