“All that we need for Life and Godliness”

Written By: John - Jul• 05•14

Yesterday I sat outside and did some reading.  I found myself closing out 1 Peter and turning to 2 Peter and once again I was amazed by the words of Peter,

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 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. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self- control, and self- control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-11, ESV)

There are phrases here that as just staggering,

“You may become partakers of the divine nature…”

“For if you practice these qualities you will never fail…”

“There will be richly provided for you and entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”

But I will have to admit that the most staggering promise I find in Peter’s words is in verse 3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” I absolutely love this verse!  Look at what the Holy Spirit says to us through Peter.

First, we find God’s goal for us—life and godliness.  We who were dead in sin have been brought to life.  We who were sinful and under God’s wrath have been brought to godliness.  God’s goal for every single one of us is simple—life and godliness, but how do we get it?

Second, we find the source for life and godliness, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”  We cannot do it on our own.  We can’t earn life and godliness.  We can’t achieve it.  We can’t buy it.  It must come from the Author of life and the essence of godliness.  It must come from Him and Peter says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”  Not some things—all things.  Not most things—all things.  Everything you and I need for life and godliness is found in His divine power, but how do we get it?

Third, we find the means of life and godliness.  We have to read the entire verse: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”  The goal—life and godliness; the source—His divine power; the means—“knowledge of him.”  Peter is urging us to get to know Jesus and he tells us that our knowledge of Him starts with His call and then verse 4 tells us that it continues through our knowing His “his precious and very great promises.”

This reminds me of Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-13 where we are told God to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, but we are also told that it is God who works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Everything you need for life and godliness is found in His divine power which comes from the knowledge of Him which is found in His precious and great promises.  God gives us all that we need in the Person of His Holy Spirit and in His Word.  We must devote ourselves to living out what He has done within us and we have all that we need to make that happen!

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