"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

September 11, 2016

“….everything we need…”
2 PETER 1:3

Eternity will be an ever-expanding display of the goodness of God. It can never be exhausted. This unchanging God that we worship aims his goodness straight at us, and lavishes it on us, withholding nothing. Everything is at our disposal to live the godly lives that he has called us to.

When we say “God is good,” what does that mean, exactly? The opening verses of 2 Peter give us some stunning examples.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 PETER 1:3

In his book KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY, A. W. Tozer says the following about the grace of God.

Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation.

Its use to us sinful men and women is to save us and to make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

We benefit eternally by God’s being just what He is. Because He is what He is, He lifts up our heads out of the prison house, changes our prison garments for royal robes, and makes us to eat bread continually before Him all the days of our lives.

May Tozer’s prayer be our prayer as Randall Gruendyke helps us to consider the bottomless grace of our God this coming Sunday.

God of all grace, whose thoughts toward us are ever thoughts of peace and not of evil, give us hearts to believe that we are accepted in the Beloved; and give us minds to admire that perfection of moral wisdom which found a way to preserve the integrity of heaven and yet receive us there. We are astonished and marvel that one so holy and dread should invite us into Thy banqueting house and cause love to be the banner over us. We can not express the gratitude we feel, but look Thou on our hearts and read it there. Amen.

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