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The God of All Grace

Today’s Verse:

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. ~1 Peter 5:10

Peter wrote his first letter to believers who were scattered in many different locations because of persecution. One of the many recurring words he uses to describe their plight was “suffering.” The words “suffer” and “suffering” are used a combined total of 16 times. He compares their sufferings to the sufferings of Christ. These believers needed encouragement. So, in this precious letter, Peter refers to God’s grace at work in their lives. He calls their attention and ours to the God of all grace!

We see the PROGRAM concerning grace.

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus…” The starting point in grace is when, by faith, we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. However, grace does not stop at salvation. The God of all grace calls us from that point on into His eternal glory by Christ Jesus. Grace teaches us that denying ungodliness and worldliness, we should soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. God in His love wants us to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We see the POWER through grace.

Suffering makes us weak. Suffering drains us. Suffering is discouraging and a distraction. That is when the God of all grace must be allowed to show Himself strong on our behalf. First, the power of grace is maximized in us when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, vs. 6. Second, Paul tells us, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me,” II Cor. 12:9. God’s strength is made perfect through our weakness. Difficulties teach us to humble ourselves before God, and to draw from His unlimited strength to bolster us.