by Amber Bonasso
Grace and Peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:2-3
I find that as I mature in life, my need for grace and peace exponentially increases. I cannot quite remember the things I used to be able to remember, I get impatient more quickly, I find stress waiting for me at every turn, and I often find anxiety to be a constant companion. Even now as I sit here writing this my frustration levels are rising because my computer and internet are going slower then I ever thought possible! Now, the enemy would love to convince me that these feelings disqualify me from everything, that I am a bad believer, and that a real person of faith wouldn’t feel these things. But that couldn’t be more wrong!
The Bible says that “He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust” (Psalm 103:14); that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). David talks often about his soul being “disturbed within” him (Psalm 45:5, 11, 43:5) so that leads me to conclude that these sometimes overwhelming feelings are not out of the ordinary. Besides, why would God extend grace and peace to us if we weren’t supposed to need it?
Doesn’t it say that we are to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)? So the enemy loses on all fronts when he comes to condemn us in our need. The Bible says that we will need and that we can approach the throne of Grace to get what we need. I need grace and peace multiplied to me. I need that daily not only for myself but also so that I can extend it to others. So how does this promise work? What struck me is the phrase in the second part of verse 2 – in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. Lets look at a couple definitions from the BIblehub.com, they have an exquisite treasure trove of Greek and Hebrew and I highly recommend them if you want to study the Bible.
Grace in this scripture means God freely extending Himself to us, leaning towards us in favor, enabling us through His power and the essence of His nature to be able to overcome and conquer everything in life. Peace means wholeness, when all essential parts are joined together. These are unequivocally what I need. According to this verse these both become multiplied to us THROUGH the knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus. This word knowledge is the key.
Knowledge as it is used here is a Greek word which means gained through first-hand relationship, contact-knowledge, first-hand, experiential knowing. Thus the process through which grace and peace are multiplied to me is through my first-hand, experiential knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus. As I fix my eyes on Him (Hebrews 12:2), seek to know and understand Him (Jeremiah 9:24), and love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:20), He promises that He will be found by me (Jeremiah 29:14). And as I find Him in deeper and deeper ways, the grace and peace from yesterday become multiplied in my soul. And every day that I do this, the multiplication continues. Because the simple revelation in this is that the grace and peace I long for are found in who He is not in the circumstances that surround me or how I feel about anything. Who He is is accessible to me through His word, through spending time with Him, and coming to know the One who unchanging (Hebrews 13:8). The one who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).
2 Peter 1:3-4 goes on to say that His divine power has granted to us EVERYTHING pertaining to life and godliness. As my father says, what part of EVERYTHING don’t we understand? The key point here is that His person is what generates the grace and peace we need. His power brings us near to Him, extends to us everything that we NEED, we must simply approach His throne of grace, pursue experiential first-hand knowledge of Him and we will find grace and peace multiplied to us. And beloved, that multiplication never stops! Daily it multiplies on into eternity. The deeper our relationship gets with Him, the more we trust Him, the bigger the mountains He takes us to, the greater the miracles we experience, and the more we need Him and all that comes to us through the knowledge of Him.
So today, in the midst of circumstances that are often all at once harrowing, frustrating, defeating, disappointing, stressful, anxious, emotional, and any number of other things, let us draw near to Him. Let us reach for Him and find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Cast our cares upon Him and be sustained by Him (Psalm 55:22). Let us seek to know and understand Him that we might be held together in Him (Jeremiah 9:24/Colossians 1:17).