Multiplying Grace and Peace
By Apostle Aje Pelser
Preached at Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town, 23 Dec 2018
2Pe 1:1 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 Saviour Jesus Christ:
2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
Apostle Peter wrote his first letter to a persecuted church expecting the return of the Lord so his greeting contains a substance similar to that of Apostles Paul and Jude in the Bible. The second epistle was written to ‘warn them against false teachers and their corrupt and corrupting doctrine’ (The Outlined Bible by Robert Lee.) From his opening paragraph we can already extract spiritual technology for multiplying grace and peace.
1. Grace and peace is triggered by apostolic anointing and perspective. Simon Peter includes both his given Jewish name and the symbolic Christian name given to him by the Lord Jesus (Mt 16:18). A servant and an apostle. Apostle claims the authority to be heard in the name of the Lord, apostles have keys of the kingdom to bind and loose, but also to unlock seals of mysteries in the Bible, so that we can understand.
2. Grace and peace is unlocked through the attitude of a servant.
The word for servant (Gr doulos) is a word of deep humility meaning literally “slave” and implying total and permanent ownership by a master. Paul also used this word to describe his relationship to the Lord (e.g., Rom 1:1) as did Jude the brother of the Lord. There is a point of no return when following Jesus that brings you to that level of 100% consecration and obedience. Peter wrote from this point of his walk of faith and therefore releases a whole new level of substance to his readers. Once you have made a decision there is peace. I have decided to follow Jesus. AS for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We also use peace as an umpire to make decisions – it is the peace that passes understanding that releases His Kingdom in our hearts and guards us from error.
3. Grace and peace are both founded on faith in Christ Jesus. “Like precious faith” is a term that acknowledges a gravity of Christian virtue and belief, that has also been forged in the fires of persecution. When you meet people who have suffered like you for the love of Jesus and the sake of the Gospel, the conversation is in heavenly realms and the connection is divine. Such conversation and indeed letters between Christians like this helps to give us momentum and multiplies our grace and peace to grow so that we can fulfil our ultimate calling.
4. Grace and peace is made accessible through the righteousness of God our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We obtain our faith not through our own righteousness, but through the righteousness of God. Our right standing with God is bought with a priced - the blood of Jesus and our faith in its power to cleanse us helps to make us right before God.
5. Grace and peace is multiplied the more you know God. As you apply your heart to knowledge – you know him and the power of His resurrection.
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Php 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
Php 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Php 3:11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
The word for knowledge in the Greek is epignosis G1922 speaks of recognition, and full discernment. Thayer’s dictionary explains that it is a precise and correct knowledge of things ethical and divine. There is plenty of incorrect knowledge that sounds right. But we need grace and peace to help us discern all of the voices in the world today. Part of the apostolic anointing is to help believers navigate through the noise to find the right frequency to tune into the voice of Jesus for His Church today.