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09/14/2017

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The Promises That Are Precious


"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires" ( 2 Pet.1:3-4).

The two letters that Peter wrote are quite different in content and style but have some similarities that are important to us... They are alike in that both of them point a Christian's eyes toward the future or horizon. The Lord will return, and we live in the "between times," the time between Jesus' first coming and His second... As a result of His first coming, justification and redemption have been realized. Today's verses are magnificent ones. Peter tells us that His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, and he explains beautifully how this is accomplished.... It happens through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Knowledge is a very important word in 2 Peter. The Christian promises are not based on feelings, emotions and hearsay. For the present, Jesus, by His divine power, has granted to obedient believers everything to do with life and goodness. The promises of the past have been fulfilled. He has called us to His glory and moral excellence, and in the process, Christians partake in His divine nature... In verse four (4) he tells us more about those great and precious promises. Peter doesn't exactly explain or define what participating in the divine nature actually means. I think that he is saying that when we are born again in Him, put Him on in baptism and receive the Holy Spirit, we become an intimate partner with God, sharing in His very nature. Peter may also be reminding his readers that when they are united with Christ in heaven they will partake fully in the divine nature... Partaking of God means living according to knowledge, obedient to God's commands. Those are the promises that are precious....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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