God’s Divine Power
Peter begins his second letter referring to those who have received the faith. So it is a letter to all those who have opened their lives to the power of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. He writes, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
We are reminded that we have the greatest gift of all. Not only do we have life eternal, a hope to live in, and blessings straight from God’s hand, but we can participate in the divine nature of God. By participating in this divine nature we escape the corruption caused by our evil desires. Could it be that the more of God we have, the less the world lives in us? I think that is exactly what Peter is getting at. More of God, less corruption; more of God, less of me; more of God, less fall out. If we are being filled with the presence and knowledge of God, then the world will be pushed out of us.
My question for you today is this, “How much are you seeking to know God in this season of your life?” Let me encourage you to seek Him with your whole heart. Make it a priority to know Jesus more. When you do, you will be led by Him to participate in His divine nature. God has already given us all things necessary for life and godliness. All we need to do is accept them and faithfully use them. When we do then the lust of the eye and the pride of life will not overtake you.
Now read verses 3-4 again from a deep, fat book written by smart men called, “A Handbook on the Second Letter From Peter, by Daniel C. Arichea and Howard A. Hatton.”
“Jesus, through His own power, has given us everything we need to live as Christians really should. This is possible because we have come to know God. He is the one who has called us to have a part in His greatness and moral goodness. Through all this, God has given us the very great and precious gifts that He promised. By using these gifts we can escape from the evil desires in the world that destroy people, and may come to have a part in God’s own nature.”
Tonight will be our last session in preparation for, “Being a Matthew.” It has been rich as we have looked at how God wants to move in our life in order to move in the lives of lost people. Join us tonight at in room 204 at the church. There is something for all age groups at Boost.
This Holiday weekend, we will be gathering and continue our series on, “Going Deeper” with Moses. It is always good to worship the Lord together. I look forward to what God wants to do in our midst as we see God revealing Himself to Moses and the Israelites.
Joy in Jesus!