“As 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” (2 Pet. 1:3)
Peter was writing to counter the deadly influence of doctrinal error and reckless living that were beginning to penetrate the church of that time. Some false teachers were claiming that personal morality didn’t really matter. They were teaching that one could indulge all your fleshly desires because the body is unimportant. Peter is writing to refute such false teaching. He is emphasizing that God, in His love for us, has promised that he will deliver us from the corruption of sin and will enable us to have an eternal relationship with Him.
Now notice our text: “His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” That is either true or it isn’t. When the world with all of its “superior knowledge and information about life” tells us that they have the answers should we give ear or should we turn to the Bible and look for the answers regarding life and godliness? Peter tells us that according to His divine power He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. All of this is found in the knowledge of Him and through this knowledge of Him He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises that we may be partakers of the divine nature. There are numerous passages that show that God is faithful to His promises. Let’s look at a few of them:
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses” (I Kings 8:56). “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass” (Josh. 21:45). “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed” (Josh. 23:14). The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23).
Someone said, “You can’t break God’s promises by leaning on them!” So the Lord wants us to lean on them. Did you notice that is through these exceedingly great and precious promises we may be partakers of the divine nature—that is become like Him. However, it is not automatic. We must “escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.” That is why Peter stresses that we are to add to our faith the godly characteristics he discusses in verses 5-7. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” When we learn to trust our Lord according to His precious promises our lives will never be the same.
“Daily Devotions by Guy Roberson”