My husband and I have been reading Peter together this week. The first verses of both First and Second Peter are greetings, an initial address to his audiences. The gifts that Jesus has given to all believers are listed in these first verses. I am so humbled by them. They are sinking into this believer’s heart, mind, and soul. Jesus gave it all for one such as me…for me!
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:1-5
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:1-4
OH! SUCH GIFTS WHEN WE WERE YET SINNERS!!!
Peter then tells us:
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
Father God, I want to be effective in my walk in this world. I want the light of Jesus to shine from me to others who may not know Him, who need encouragement, who are confused as they live in this world. I want to stay humble and remember all that has been done for me. You gave it all and I received Your beautiful gift of salvation, mercy and grace for my error-filled ways. Thank You, LORD, for being gracious to me. I love You dearly. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.