Grace and Peace 2 Peter 1:1-21


                                                                      Grace and Peace


KJV Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; {to be...: Heb. to bear}

 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; {to refrain from: Heb. to be far from}

 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; {get: or, seek}

 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

My dear friends, Grace and Peace from God our Father and from His Son Jesus Christ be unto you now and forever.

Solomon recognized very well the ebbs and flows of life and the ups and downs of life as he wrote concerning the changing seasons of life here on earth which we all experience, which are times what we live in the light of the grace and peace of God towards us.  We all are quite familiar with the saying that there is a time to come and a time to go. Well, the time to go has come for my wife and I to leave our beloved congregation here in Kingston, where it has been our great great privilege to serve His people for nearly 18 years.

My wife and I are not anxious for that day of departure to come as we have grown to dearly love all the people here and who have been part of our life (such as you are also).  But the time for departure is drawing near……Just as it was for Apostle Peter as is evident from this letter he wrote to those whom he had served and whom he had grown to love so dearly.  He had been drawn away from his own sufficiency to the sufficiency of Christ and now as he drew near to the time to go, he wrote a letter to his people.  He wanted to leave them with assurance of who they were in Christ in grace and in peace (1-4) he encouraged them to keep growing in this knowledge, (5-11) he cautioned them to not  forget who God had made them through Christ (12-14) and lastly he pointed them to the necessity of relying on the scriptures as opposed to trusting in their experiences. (15-21)

Of course, we recognize that Peter was pointing to his death, while we are not looking at that eventuality at this point (we hope not), but the principles in the first chapter of his last letter are very similar in nature.



KJV 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: {Simon: or, Symeon} {God...: Gr. of our God and Saviour}

 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: {to: or, by}

 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.



2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that we are a new creation in Christ, the old has passed away and we are new in Christ. Romans 6 reinforces this truth as we have been joined unto Jesus so closely that He is in us and we are in Him. We no longer live in our old self, but He has implanted Himself in us, so that it is no longer we that live, but Christ who lives in us and through us. Galatians 2:20-21. This is the foundation of who we are in Christ, and the past is gone so that our past does not define our future. We are grounded in His Word and we now live for others and their benefit, primarily in an eternal sense.



5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. {barren: Gr. idle}

 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.



11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


As we grow in this knowledge of God, what He has done for us and who He has made us through Christ, our new life is lived in the imitation of God (Ephesians 5:1) as we serve others in love and in truth. As John the Baptist wrote under the leading of the Holy Spirit, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

Phil 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


Remember that your identity is in Christ, for by grace we live in peace.

 12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.

 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder,

 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Peter tells us of that which is ahead of us in glory, and since we tend to want to go back to our old ways, he says something like this. “Even though you know these things, I know that you are forgetful, so I am going to remind you that great is your reward in heaven.  You have died to the power of sin (that kills you), you have been freed from the penalty of sin, but the presence of sin still lingers with you.  Don’t give in to his lies, but stay connected to what the Word tells you about God and about yourself.


This is reality, not myth!

 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,"

 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

He then tells of the great experience that he had in seeing Jesus transformed (He allowed the light of his glory to shine briefly through his earthly body) on the mountain along with James and John, but he (Peter) cautions them/us from putting wrongful emphasis in an experience, however great it might be.

 19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.

 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

God' speaks to us by His unfailing Word.

Peter goes on to say that there is a sure word, the prophetic word of the Scriptures. The promise of the coming of Jesus was like a light shining in the darkness, waiting for the day to dawn when faith would be ignited in their hearts of the New Testament believers, them, you and I. He pointed to the Word of God as the foundation of truth which we know is not from some human being, but it is the very mouth of God which has spoken through time and which yet speaks today, powerful words of life through the Gospel. This same Word speaks to all today and speaks  grace and peace to  all,  desiring that all who hear it are hearing the very Voice of God as spoken through human being, one in whom the divinity of God lives.

Grace is yours and by trusting in that grace which delivers unto you the forgiveness of all your sins, you have peace with God, you have peace in your heart and you live peaceable with all.

In closing, I will use a farewell greeting that I learned from one of our dear congregational members: He tells people when he is leaving them: “See you later.”  I have begun to use that also as it relays tremendous faith in that it is not only saying see you some time later here earth, but it is said based upon one’s living in the grace and peace of God through Christ. So it relays the comforting message that if we do not see each other here on earth, we will certainly see each other in heaven, where never again will have to say, “see you later.”

So, see you later!!!!

Pastor Orval

Stand Fast in the Lord and in the power of His might!!!

Doesn’t our God of Life speak through His Word? Certainly He does, so we need to keep listening to what He says and not what the enemy is saying and doing in the name of freedom. Freedom only comes from being set free from the power of sin whereby we are set free and empowered to love Truth and all that it brings to those who will hear IT and act upon It. Let us remember that it is only in dying to self that we live in Him and for Him!


May we consider these verses and the edification, the encouragement and the empowerment that they bring us….from Ephesians 6:10-19… and may we read it as if our Lord is speaking to us in a very personal manner……..


Ephesians 6:10  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,


My dear child, consider putting on My armor, one piece at a time. Beginning with your heart and mind turned up to Me in a spirit of prayer, first wrap around yourself the belt of truth onto which all other parts of My armor will be fastened. This is where reading, praying and meditating upon my Word comes in, my beloved, for that is like putting on the belt of truth each day. Vow to walk in truth as you begin each new day in Me.


Then consider putting on the breastplate of righteousness, which means that you are covered by the righteousness of My Son, Jesus Christ. Do not forget, dear one, that My Son was tempted in all points by sin, but He never sinned.  Through your believing in Him, His perfection is your perfection, never never forget that, for your entire existence is based upon this truth.  That is why I invite you to first put on the belt of truth, for all of your beliefs and convictions must be connected to My Word of Truth, Jesus Christ as He is revealed through the Bible.


As you stand in Me in My Word, you may be tempted to  believe that your identity as a person is based on what others are thinking about you or saying about you as you stand with Me, about your accomplishments or about the lack of them, about your relationships and so on. But that is not how I place value upon you, for you are priceless in my sight because I created you in My image. Even though you fell into sin along with the entire human race, My Son has given you a new identity by dying in your place for your sin, experiencing death for you, and then arising from the dead on Easter morning. You died in Him and were also raised in Him. You now exist in Him and through Him you are a new creation in Him through His Spirit. Never, never, never forget that!! You do not belong to the world,  to the Deceiver or to your own estimation of yourself. You are Mine and I am yours.


As you slip into the shoes of peace, know that they will be able to keep your feet firmly planted on My promises as you began to walk the new day in Me. They will not only keep you from slipping, but they will also give you a sense of peace as you live in the peace that I give you and a peace that the world cannot ever take away from you.  It is a peace that you will be able to demonstrate before others and a peace that you will at times speak of to those who come across your path. You will be able to tell them that Jesus is your peace and safety in all the storms of life and as a result of Him being your peace, you will be able to invite them to learn of and to experience His peace.


Then grasp the shield of faith in one of your hands by which you are able to move from position to position to ward off the darts of accusation that you know the devil will throw at you in the new day as he tries to rob you of your true identity, and to try to take away the peace that you have, my dear one. The Deceiver does not want to you believe that forgiveness is a gift, that life is for everyone, but that it is something that you have to earn or something which you deserve.  That is not right, for I have given you the greatest gift ever, for My Son took your sin and guilt and gave you forgiveness and life through the Gospel. Always believe that message, always believe it and never doubt it!


As you place the helmet of salvation over your head so that your mind would be protected from thoughts that are not edifying, encouraging or empowering, know that by thinking on the things of God your mind will be protected as well as it will be transformed and disciplined to grow to be more like the mind of Christ, the Author of Life. This helmet also keeps your hope and joy burning in the midst of the difficulties that you may find yourself in as you go through life on your way to heaven.

Lastly before you head out the door to face the new day, I ask you to pick up one of the two offensive weapons of your armor, My Word.  With this sword of the Spirit you will be able to stand firmly in my Truth, which will enable and empower you to address any questions, challenges, or attacks  that would come before you in your day. You will be able to ward off any spiritual attack that might come against you.   As you  leave your home, do so with the other offensive weapon, prayer, by being continually in prayer as you step into the light of a new day.  For having put on My entire armor, you are now prepared to walk in my truth in love and to demonstrate through your attitudes, words and actions of who you are in My Son, Jesus Christ.


Stand fast in the Lord and in the power of His might!!!!


Pastor Orval

Our God Reigns Ephesian 1:20-21

"He ascended into heaven"

1. Jesus is the reigning King over all powers in all ages and we are seated there with Him.

Eph 1:20-21 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Eph 2:6-7 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus

2. The Ascension gives us access to God’s throne for mercy and grace.

Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Hebrews 4: 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless.

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,to be with you forever,

3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless. John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

4.It gives us the spoils of Christ’s victory-- gifts according to the measure of Christ.

Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

8 Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men."

9 ( In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

5.The Ascension creates a longing for Jesus’s return,

Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.Amen.

On this Ascension Day, may we reflect on how the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension of our Savior Jesus Christ changed the world and our lives forever.. May we celebrate that our Lord is reigning from heaven as the one true King, and may we rejoice that we have the Holy Spirit as our ever-present advocate. May we eagerly await His return and fervently share the Gospel until He does.