1Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you,
and peace, be multiplied.
If we break the above verse down and earnestly seek GODS heart and HIS desires for us, we will see many things that will astound and encourage us in our daily walk with JESUS.
Webster dictionary defines foreknowledge - a knowledge of a thing before it happens. In the strong concordance the original text defines it as forethought, giving an increasing testimony from GOD our FATHER that indeed before we were in our mothers’ womb, HE knew us. (read Jeremiah 1:5) So that we may prayerfully submit and earnestly seek the wisdom of our LORD that we may know and understand that we were created to fellowship in HIM, to be one with GOD the FATHER, and seek to do as we see HIM doing. That we may long, and earnestly desire to be in the presence of JESUS CHRIST our KING of KINGS, the place where each of us started. Inside each of us is a void, a void that can only be satisfied by walking in HIS presence, by our willingness to return to the place where we began.
A sanctification is
(Webster) 1. The act of making holy. In an evangelical sense, the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God.
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 Th 2. 1 Pet 1.
2. The act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration.
(strong) From G37; properly purification, that is, (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a purifier: - holiness, sanctification.
Our surrender to the SPIRIT inside us is crucial in our walks with GOD. It is HE and HE alone who by the transforming power of CHRIST in us, that can change us into what GOD has predestined us to become. We can not do this in our own mind, nor in our own power, as JESUS said we can do nothing without HIM. We can not take the credit for something that we can not accomplish on our own. Our surrender, our willingness to stay in HIS presence throughout our day, is what makes this a reality in our lives, a reality in our homes and communities. It is what makes us recognize that we are definitely set apart for HIS purposes only, not our own wants and desires. We must eagerly seek to be clay in the master potters’ hand, that by HIS transformation we become more and more like HIM in all aspects of our lives. This can not be accomplished by our part-time surrender, it must be our fervent and earnest desire to stay under the shadow of HIS wings at all times.
All of this brings about our obedience, not because of something written, obedience comes from our deepest love and respect for the FATHER, the Son and the HOLY SPIRIT. Obedience comes by staying in HIS presence, for HIS grace is indeed sufficient.
So many walk in the reality of grace being the unmerited favor of GOD, but it is so much more. Yet as a people we will not understand the unlimited love of GOD if we do not take the time to walk in HIS presence, if we do not take the time to seek and find HIS wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
His grace as defined by Webster is this
GRACE, n. [L. gratia, which is formed on the Celtic; Eng. agree, congruous, and ready. The primary sense of gratus, is free, ready, quick, willing, prompt, from advancing.]
1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.
Or each, or all, may win a lady's grace.
2. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.
And if by grace,then it is no more of works. Rom 11.
3. Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.
My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Cor 12.
4. The application of Christ's righteousness to the sinner.
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom 5.
5. A state of reconciliation to God. Rom 5:2.
6. Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, &c. proceeding from divine influence.
7. Spiritual instruction, improvement and edification. Eph 4:29.
8. Apostleship, or the qualifications of an apostle. Eph 3:8.
9. Eternal life; final salvation. 1 Pet 1:13.
10. Favor; mercy; pardon.
Bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee.
11. Favor conferred.
I should therefore esteem it a great favor and grace.
GRACE, v.t. To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line.
And hail, ye fair, of every charm possess'd,
Who grace this rising empire of the west.
1. To dignify or raise by act of favor; to honor.
He might at his pleasure grace or disgrace whom he would in court.
2. To favor; to honor.
3. To supply with heavenly grace.
Strong concordance greek dictionary grace
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
This divine influence is the empowerment of GOD inside each of us, HIS grace is what enables us to walk with HIM, talk with HIM and be with HIM. HIS grace is what opens the doors of our spirituality and oneness in HIM. Why is it that so many of us refuse this wonderful gift? So many of us reduce HIS power by placing HIM in a box, or we only seek HIM in times of need, we tend to think that a few minutes a day is enough, but it is not GOD wants our all, HE demands our everything all the time.
I pray that each of us make the willing commitment to surrender unto HIM always, not just when convenient, not just on Sunday mornings, but all day everyday. Never accepting a mans view, but taking any and all information and words from a man or even what we read (so that our own minds do not deceive us) and prayerfully submitting it to GOD, and HIS SPIRIT will reveal unto us what we need to know right now, and this revelation knowledge will be ever growing and will increase and increase as we seek HIS face. Please understand that everything we read in HIS WORD gets so much deeper than what we see, this is why HE said he who lacks wisdom let HIM ask of GOD. HE alone wants to reveal to us who we are in HIM and WHO HE is in us. It does not say let him ask man.
Yes GOD does use man to help point us to HIM, but whether we hear a man, or read something we are to constantly seek GOD and HIS revelation knowledge of how something works into our walks with HIM. We are to never place our trust in mankind nor in our own way of thinking, we are to pray about all things at all times. Allowing the SPIRIT in us to work up a fire that causes our obedience, our love and our earnest plea to walk in HIS presence. There is no short cuts involved in walking with GOD, short cuts that we tend to take will always lead us to hell.