I am getting so much from this slow march through Peter’s letters. I realize just how much I miss my skimming over it or reading without really taking into account what I’m reading. No jet ski action this time around. We’re doning our scuba gear and getting in the deep. Let’s go.
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d]4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Through God’s divine power we have ALL that we need for life and godliness. That would seem like a tall order in 2021. I mean Peter didn’t know about about influencers, filters, social clout and masks!
The second part of this verse needs to be considered. We obtain all that we need for life and godliness through KNOWLEDGE. We have to consider that though God can save us by any means that He sees fit, the primary means is through a knowledge of Him by way of teaching. We have to prioritize learning not as the only, but as a very vital portion of our Christian growth and development. Someone jokingly said that modern Christianity has us loving a Jesus we know very little about.
Starting verse 4 we see the start of what I am calling the “Gospel formula”. God does so we can do. Through Chirst God has granted us every promise and gift. This is solidified as we become partakers of His nature. So the outcome is that we can escape and remain free from the world’s corruption and sinful desires.
Peter is making an earnest plea that we consider the gift we have in Christ over the temporary comforts of the world. Let’s see how we molds this all together next.