We return with a brand new series! After months away, TWTL is back and looking to focus in on an important part of scripture. In his 2nd Epistle, Peter reaches out to his followers to offer them some further development. He thinks of them as great people who had embraced the faith just as he and the other apostles had (2 Peter 1:1). He wanted to strengthen them in their knowledge of Christ and share how they could further develop in God. It is with this mindset and purpose, he provides a formula from God for Christian to further their transformation in Him. Even today, it's one of the best ways for Christians new and established to gauge where they are in their relationship with God. Further, it helps in understanding where we might improve in areas of our development in Christ. Before we get into the actual formula, though, let's look at the promise attached to it:
2 Peter 1:3-4
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: 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.
These two verses provide us with a lot of information. We need to break down each section to understand exactly what this promise entails:
According as his divine power
God's divine power is unmatched. It is complete and over all things (Matthew 28:18, John 3:5, Hebrews 2:8, 1 Peter 3:22, Psalm 124:8). This includes humanity, even those who deny and reject Him (John 17:2). That power rests in us when we take on His Name and embark on this journey (2 Corinthians 12:9). So, when Peter invokes God's divine power, he lets us know this promise is coming from an unmatched source.
Hath given unto us all things pertaining to life and godliness
God loves to provide for His people. He won't withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). He gave himself as a sacrifice to us. How much more will he give unto us then? (Romans 8:32). Here, though, Peter gets specific with what God is giving us: all things pertaining to life and godliness.
The word life in 2 Peter 1:3 means to be real and genuine, active and vigorous in our devotion to God. Godliness means to have reverence and respect, or to acknowledge and adhere to God and His plan. God is willing and able to give us the tools necessary to have the realest relationship with Him possible. It's within His power to enliven our walk with Him and to steer us to the proper course of action to make that relationship thrive.
Through the knowledge of him that called us to glory and virtue
God provides this promise through the power of His knowledge. He has called each of us (Romans 9:23-24, Ephesians 4:4, Acts 2:39). He desires that we would live up the standard He has set for us in that calling (1 Thessalonians 2:12). We attain that desired promise of glory and virtue by living a holy and separate life unto Him (1 Thessalonians 4:7). If we invest ourselves in learning about God and His ways, He will reveal to us the things we require to further ourselves in relationship with Him.
Promises have been given...
Through our relationship and separation unto God, we are afforded a number of promises that help us to draw closer to God and further escape the destructive nature of the world. Here are some of those promises:
These and other promises have ensured that we would be partakers (partners) of God’s divine nature, and allow for us to escape the corruption in the world through lust. We have access to the power and nature of God if we submit to His will with all belief and reliability. This will make clearer our path to greater depth in God, making us into a more effective servant of the Most High. Moreover, it will reveal the pitfalls and dangers that the enemy and the world have implemented to ensnare us.
This is God's promise to us through his servant and keeper of the keys of heaven. What will unfold from here is a list of things we can add unto us through this promise. These things will help us to further the transformation to true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
Next week, we will begin our examination of God's Transformation Formula. We'll see what things we can add to our lives to come into better relationship and service to Him, and we'll look at how we can ensure those things are added correctly. We can't wait to share our findings with you.
Until then, God Bless and Keep Searching
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.