What is it that we reflect in knowing God and our Savior Jesus Christ? Paul says it aptly in Ephesians 1:6-7 when he states that God has made us accepted in the beloved, His Son Jesus when we’ve accepted what He did for us. Because it is through His blood that we have redemption. No longer are we condemned to being separated from God or having to keep rules and regulations of man to be righteous. Jesus took our condemnation and offers His righteousness. So, since you’ve been redeemed, you’ve been forgiven. Your sins, past, present, and future were already dealt with at the Cross. Jesus wiped them away and God accepts you as beloved children. The riches of God’s grace is multi-facted. Every time you share His love with someone, be it through words or a kind act, you represent Him and pass on His glory and grace to someone else.
“… What manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11 NKJV). Peter just mentioned the day of the Lord and the chaos accompanying that event. Now in light of the coming of God, how should that knowledge affect us? Some people take the word “ought” and make it a command. But it’s not a command. Some look at it as a Christian obligation. Again it is not an obligation. Any thinking like that puts the believer under law rather than under grace. To try to regulate behavior from rules never works. If you see a sign that says “Don’t walk on the grass”, how many people do you see walking on the grass? Law demands but grace supplies. In Verse 3, Peter already told us we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. We are already holy. So we are trying to have holy behavior, we are letting out the holy behavior that is in us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. It’s being what we are. Our behavior is a fruit of love flowing to the world.