In the Fullest Measure

1 Peter 1:2, "according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood.  May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure."


As I was memorizing, reading, and studying 1 Peter, I noticed the phrase Peter writes at the end of chapter 1 verse 2: "in the fullest measure."

Grace in itself is full.  Grace is love that stoops.  Grace is God's act of love toward sinners that keeps them from His holy wrath and gives them eternal life.

The peace is peace with God.  Apart from this God-given peace, we are all His enemies.  With this peace, we are adopted as sons.

Not only does Peter pray that these people receive grace and peace, but he adds "in the fullest measure."  This reminds me of that song--"dayanu."  You remember, the one at seder?  "Da da yanu, da da yanu, da da yanu, dayanu dayanu dayanu."  You get the point.

It's Hebrew for "it would have been enough."  Put it this way:  it would have been enough if God had made peace with us so that we would no longer be enemies.  Dayanu.  But, in the fullest measure, God has given us peace by adopting us.

It would've been enough if God had given us grace so that we would not experience His eternal wrath.  Dayanu.  But, He has given us grace in the fullest measure--He has given us eternal life with Him in heaven.

Praise God, who gives us grace and peace--in the fullest measure!

Luke

Note: Sorry it took so long to post.  I just kept procrastinating.

11 comments:

Margaret Neufeld May 30, 2008 at 8:10 PM  

Amen! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We are all deserving of hell fire and why He chose to redeem us, I can't understand. The depth of His love we'll never know on this side of heaven.

All praise and glory be unto Jesus, the one and only worthy Lamb of God.

Kaysie May 30, 2008 at 8:26 PM  

Hi Luke!
Great message here! 1 Peter holds so much truth we need, especially about grace. At the end of 1 Peter it says, "I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!" (5:12) God's grace is true, and we need to stand firm in it.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Life Savior May 30, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

Thanks for posting Luke! Not only does God save us FROM him, He also saves us TO him!
~Kade

Life Savior May 30, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

Great post man! I like how your memorizing 1 Peter 1-2! ;)

-Kole

Penn Tomassetti May 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM  

Nice comments. "Grace, Grace"(Zechariah 4:7).

Your guy's blog is cool! One time, I asked my teen Bible study group if they knew anyone at school who is fired up for Christ and the gospel. Most of them said, "No one." When I was a Senior in high school, I was only concerned about myself and getting high. Oh that I wish another class mate had said anything to me about the truth!

Keep it up, and keep looking to Christ guys. And look up on those fields (John 4:35).

Ryan Burton King May 31, 2008 at 2:12 AM  

Thanks for the post. I recently finished teaching my Youth/Adult discipleship class through I Peter. It says much about the grace of God, using it as a means of encouragement to suffering Christians. It is that grace mentioned in ch.1:2 and throughout that enables us to endure those "fiery trials" and not just endure but carry on joyfully in the service of the Lord.

Margaret Neufeld May 31, 2008 at 8:27 AM  

Kole, I tried looking for those pictures. They're not in February...where's January?

Life Savior May 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM  

Margaret: Our pictures are in March.
~Kade

Margaret Neufeld May 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM  

Thanks Kade.

Tyler V. June 3, 2008 at 7:02 AM  

Good post Lukester-- I enjoyed it.

Anonymous June 13, 2008 at 7:55 PM  

similar to the verse that says God gives to us according to His riches. It is not "out of" His riches, which would not be bad since He owns everything, but "according to" means in proportion to, which means He really wants to give His children a lot!

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