All We Need

II Peter is a book that I would imagine most Christians are not very familiar with, much to the weakening of the church. The first chapter in particular is rich. Peter begins by speaking of the priority of grace and justification (1), then moves on to sanctification (2-10) and glorification (11). Verses 2-3 are an incredible, mind-blowing declaration: “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, though the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence, through which He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”

1. We have ALL WE NEED (“everything pertaining to”) for life and godliness.
2. We have this through our knowledge of God (“Him who called us”).
3. We know Him through His word (mainly presupposed by Peter in these verses, though referred to in his reference to “His precious and magnificent promises”)
4. It’s as we cling to and believe the promises of God that we become partakers of the divine nature – not that we become absorbed into the Godhead, or become little gods, but that we become more and more like God in every way possible.

What these verses teach us is the sufficiency of the Scriptures for life and growth as a Christian. No matter what your struggle, what your problem, what your situation, it’s the WORD that you need. The more you know Him and His promises, the more resources you will have to live a useful, fruitful life for His glory (see II Peter 1:5-8). Don’t run after every fad, every new thing, every “five steps to…” program. Rather, meditate upon the word of God, believe the promises of God in the covenant of grace, get to know God better. And because He has rescued us from the corruption in this world, apply all diligence in growing as a believer in Christ, making certain about His calling and choosing us (1:5, 10).

SDG

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