2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given to us all things that
pertain to life and godliness, through the
knowledge of Him who called us by glory and
virtue, by which have been given to us
exceedingly great and precious promises, that
through these you may be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust.
I had to read this one over again, as it seemed a bit deep and hard to understand. I looked it up in The New Living Translation and it reads like this:
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
First off, I feel that the first verse is telling us that we have no excuse for living ungodly lives – God has given us all we need to live godly lives. This may just be my interpretation for it, but I think it works based on what is said in the following verse. As we come to know Him, He gives us these things – which also says to me that if we stop trying to know Him, we miss out on the gifts that He wishes to give us. Because of His nature (His glory and excellence), He has given us promises. There are too many to list, but they are scattered all through the Bible, promises to care for us and lead us. It is because of these promises that others are able to come to Christ – they are the reason that we were able to come to Him as well. He has given us a great opportunity – to receive His salvation freely.
Each of us, regardless of our position in life, lives each day with the opportunity to follow Christ. When we choose to take this opportunity, He teaches us as we go along. We are not expected to be mature followers of Christ upon our salvation, but we are expected to get there eventually. I believe that far too many of us linger in adolescent Christianity – we know a bit more than the basics, but stop growing because it becomes too difficult – it requires too much effort. I know that it is easy to do the bare minimum when it comes to relationship with God; I do it all the time. But when we take the risk and jump into adulthood within our faith, we are making the wisest decision. These verses are a reminder of the great gift we have been given in salvation. Not only does He save us from Hell, but from the corruption of this world.
It is the corruption of this world that feels so hard to avoid most of the time. It is very difficult to truly be “in the world” but not “of the world”. But it is with His promises that we can enter into the world around us and still maintain our purity in Christ. He promised us that He would be with us always (Matthew 28:20), that He knows the plans He has for us and they are plans to prosper and not to harm (Jeremiah 29:11), that if we ask of Him, He will give to us, seek Him and we will find Him (Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9). What more can we ask? These promises are all-encompassing – they can provide comfort for us in any circumstance.
Today’s verse marks twenty days of verses, and I suppose I will do ten more and then go back to the normal routine around here. I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging each day or not after that, as doing it now has been a challenge for me. Too many times I’ve put it off until I can really focus on it, which is usually after the kids are in bed, and then I end up staying up way too late. I’ve really enjoyed doing this, though, especially because it has challenged my faith. I hope that it has been a faith challenge to those reading it.
This verse of the day comes from VOTD.