The Purpose of Divine Grace
I. The purpose of divine grace is inextricably linked to the righteousness of Jesus Christ (v. 1)
A. The divine gift of faith (v. 1a)
Zechariah obtained by lot the privilege of offering incense in the temple (Luke 1:9). Roman soldiers cast lots to see who would get Jesus’ garment (John 19:24). Judas was appointed to serve in an apostolic ministry (Acts 1:17). In each instance receiving something by lot is a gift that one receives.
Faith, which is necessary for salvation, is a divine gift. It cannot be produced by the mere will of human beings but must be received from God himself. He appointed, as it were by lot, that Peter’s readers would receive such faith.
B. The equal value of faith (v. 1b)
C. The source of God’s saving righteousness (v. 1c)
II. The purpose of divine grace is inextricably linked to the knowledge of Jesus Christ (vv. 2-3)
A. Knowledge of Jesus Christ produces grace multiplied (v. 2)
B. Knowledge of Jesus Christ is the means by which we receive life and godliness (v. 3)
In v. 2 Peter prayed that grace and peace would abound in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Verse 3 explains the resources believers have through knowing God. Those who know God have everything they need for life and godliness.