2 Peter 1:1-4, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
The Bible is filled with God’s promises. Promise verses are the fuel for believing God in prayer and living a supernatural life in a disintegrating world. God’s promises are his pledge to do or not do something. God says, “…there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” (1Kings 8:56) A Bible teacher I had in college would often emphasize that “God’s promises are our resources”. I remember training on these verses clearly in my mind some 25 years later.
Looking at 2 Peter, a person could sum up the first four verses using four words: power, promises, practice and prospect. God’s divine power (verse 3) flows into our lives when we know (verse 2) and trust (verse 1) his precious and very great promises (verse 4). This power flowing through the promises of God, become resources for living a life that glorifies God (verse 3) and produces excellency for God and others in this present life (verse 3, the word virtue.)
Dealing with baby Christians can be challenging for someone desiring to help mature them in the things of the Lord. My Pastor has been speaking on this subject often in his preaching. I think it is interesting that children know when someone has broken a promise. I think back over my life and know of situations when I have not kept a commitment or did not clearly communicate my actual plans. This always became a barrier to those I was leading. The Bible teaches in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
Putting off “hope” makes the heart sick. Hope is the traveling partner that we must always take with us. The maturing of a believer takes place as a mentor teaches, reminds, and causes their followers to meditate on the promises of God; He never fails! Every believer is a prospect for this divine power. “Every promise in the Book is mine,” the old song teaches; but how many promises do we claim in prayer and meditate on daily? There are specific promises for all things that pertain to life. There is divine power available for every situation for the believer.
We must day-by-day go to the Word of God and search for great promises. Find one and meditate on it all day. Use them to overcome temptation to sin. The battle against corruption is fought on the field of our desires or passions (verse 4). Sin makes its attack by holding out promises to us for our happiness. Sin will always win the battle unless we have the exceeding and great promises of God hanging clearly in front of our noses. Unless we enter our day armed with one or two precious and very great promises, we will be utterly vulnerable to temptation. But if we hold before our eyes the astonishing things God has promised us now and in the life to come, his divine power will be present and we will escape corruption and be conformed to the image of his Son.
Standing on the promises of Christ my King