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The Lord, our God of All Charis

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on October 17, 2021

The Apostle Peter introduces a specific name for our Lord, exclusive of other Holy Spirit inspired authors. We, as believers can cherish “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Peter tells us why: Our graceful Lord “hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (v. 10), and we need the Lord’s supply of ALL sustaining grace as we live for his glory. The Lord is here declared to be “the God of all grace” in relation to the believer called unto salvation, now graced all the way to eternal glory as he is undergoing cares (v.7), temptations (v. 8), and sufferings (v. 10). Through it all, there is ALL grace in it all; all CHARIS, meaning unmerited favor imparted with a glorious calling by the Lord. He is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) sustaining us as we journey on in faith toward our eternal home to be with him. Yes, all grace is given to us: “And of his fullness have we all received, and grace for grace” which “grace came by Jesus Christ” (vs. 16, 17). All measure of God’s favor is available to be imparted unto born-again believers who are in need of sustaining grace in their personal struggles living for the Lord. In the context of chapter five, Peter gives us a big little Greek word “all” meaning every grace, nothing excluded from the whole of his provision of grace, with each and every gift of his graciousness imparted to us. Yes, our need is great in our call to glory, and here’s the blessing, SO ALSO IS GREAT GRACE, from the “God of all grace” to pave our way!

“The God of all grace” has gifted us with an eternal home in glory; he “hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus.” Once again, in context of Peter’s epistle, our calling to eternal glory is founded on the graciousness of our Lord. The purpose of God’s grace is for us to dwell with him forever. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). As the repentant heart calls upon the name of the Lord for sins forgiven (Romans 10:13), Jesus as the Savior, is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life, (and) no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Eternal glory is ours through the gift of grace; “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Yes, eternal life in glory is the repentant believer’s gift, but that’s not all. “The God of all grace” has gifted us with his sustaining grace as we journey on in faith. In Peter’s context, “The God of all grace” has given us all CHARIS to help us on to glory. Grace comes to us “after ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect (what we need to be for him, BY HIM GRACED), stablish (made firm and fixed), strengthen (with vigorous spiritual power in soul and spirit), and settle you (on a foundational basis for your individual building of growing faith), v. 10. Yes, dear believer, GRACEFULLY REJOICE, for you are graced with your eternal glorious home, and gifted with sustaining grace as you are on your way home, to glory.