2 Peter 1:3 “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,”
“The promises to those who are partakers of a Divine nature, will cause us to inquire whether we are really renewed in the spirit of our minds; let us turn all these promises into prayers for the transforming and purifying grace of the Holy Spirit.”Matthew Henry
When I consider the majesty and magnitude of God’s glory, the promises in His Word, and the hope that Jesus has provided to all who trust in Him, I consider the potential we have at our fingertips.
The Path to Provision
When reading scripture, it is good to dwell upon it as it conveys a deeper measure of truth than a quick read could provide. True life and pure godliness are drawn from the well of God’s infinite power, the question is how do we tap into this resource He has provided?
Peter reveals through the anointing of the Holy Spirit the path to provision.
2 Peter 1:4 “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.”
The connecting adverb reveals the means:
- Knowledge: Drawing from God’s power requires the knowledge of where to look and knowledge comes by way of the Holy Spirit. If we quench the Spirit of God in our lives, we walk in reproach before Him and not in the fullness of His Spirit.
James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."
It is through the knowledge of God by which we gain access to His divine power, but we must remember why He is imparting this in the first place.
God’s Glory Revealed
We aren’t supplied by God for just any reason, He always has a purpose in mind. It is through His supply that we are made able to fulfill all that He has called us to complete. It is the fulfillment of His purpose that then brings Him glory and reveals His virtue.
To acquire knowledge requires first to have understanding.
Proverbs 15:14 “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.”
A lack of good sense comes by way of ignorance. You cannot know truth unless you inquire within and that resource is found only in God’s Word.
Proverbs 24:15 “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,”
What do we need?
God’s Strength and Might
A mighty man of valor knows where his strength lies. I’m not talking about physical strength, Goliath was terribly powerful and yet was brought down by a sling and a stone. It was God’s might that rested upon a young David who trusted more in God’s provision that he did His own life.
Now that we know the means by which God supplies, the question as to why God is giving it follows.
God’s divine nature is not a distant philosophical entity for us to discuss in classes in an attempt to doctrinalize God’s personhood. We have been invited to partake of His nature, which implies that it exists here on earth, all around us. We have been lifted up into a realm that exceeds our worldly reason into the seemingly unknown life of God Himself.
What is found in someone’s nature?
We find God’s reason for acting, His response to various situations, we see His reaction in times of turmoil, and we witness His ability to navigate seemingly difficult circumstances when all might seem lost. It is through this knowledge of God’s nature that we can likewise follow in His footsteps and do the same.
This world of corruption upsets the balance and order of walking in the confidence of God’s mercy. As the Lord directs, all worldly reason is brought low before the manifold purpose that He commands.
Philippians 3:8 “More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
Gaining in God’s Kingdom is a process of letting go of the things of this world. You may still acquire these things and in abundance but you aren’t holding onto them as your own……they are His. The more we recognize the value we have in knowing Christ as our Lord and Savior, the more this world diminishes in value.
What do God’s riches look like?
2 Peter 1:5-8 “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. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
When we might a decision for Christ, we change our perspective of value. What is worth seeking after is aligned with God’s nature, what we hold dear is near to God, and what we try to accumulate is what He freely provides.
The more you gain of God’s abundance, the happier you will be. The more you attempt to gain of the world you’ll find the less satisfying it becomes.
We must change our values if we want to grow in our faith. It is a change of mind and this takes submitting to His Spirit in our lives.