2 Peter 1:1-2, 1 Corinthians 16:23-24 (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 … 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Simon Peter refers to himself as a bondservant, an apostle who is to be crucified for Christ. Peter is saying, “You have received the body of truth which is the gospel, and it is up to you what you do with the truth of God’s Word.” We have a choice, to believe or not to believe. “But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:15-16 NKJV). When anyone turns his or her heart to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Whenever a person is ready to turn his or her heart to the Lord, God is read to save them. Everyone is invited to come to God, but we must come to God through His Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). All God asks you to do is believe in His Son Jesus Christ. You can come just as you are, and He will wash your sins away. God will clean you up, so to speak, if you truly accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. All who are saved by the grace of God are equally accepted before Him through the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. Jesus not only removes our sins; He also covers us with His own righteousness. All who are saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ have been given a standing before God, and that standing is in Christ. We are saved in Christ alone, by grace alone. And this grace is multiplied to us in the knowledge of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus our Lord and Savior. We grow in our understanding the Father and of the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit who sustains us and empowers us by applying the Word of God in our lives. My friends, the better we know the Father and the Son through God’s Word, the more the Holy Spirit can transform our lives and bring us into a deeper relationship with God. The closer we draw to God, the more we can experience His grace and peace. And the more we will experience God’s love. My friends, if we truly love God, then we will love our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we begin to take offense to those who seek to edify us of the Word of God, to comfort us, to exhort us, and to admonish us in the love of Christ, then we begin to turn away from Christ. When we lose our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we lose our love for Christ. My friends, we ought to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, just as Christ loves us. For we all are bondservants together in Christ our Lord and Savior.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.