Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 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, 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. (
2 Peter 1:2-4)
The man who wrote these words had an audacious faith that enabled him to access an awesome force, and thus, to have an amazing impact. His name was Simon, but Jesus gave him the name, Peter—the Rock. His ministry would be foundational to the building of the church—and so his influence is still being felt today.
If you have read your Bible at all, then you are aware that Peter had his failures—and some of them were huge. He was not Superman; he was a man of flesh as we are—a real human with real human weaknesses. Nevertheless, he also was a man who did not allow those limitations to prevent him from tapping into the limitless resources of God!
That should encourage us, for he assures us that those same resources are available to all those who know Christ. Twice in these opening verses of his second letter, the Apostle references this knowledge of God and His Son. It is out of that context—the intimate connection with God through His Son—that we have all He is available for all that He wants us to be! Are we living beneath our privileges?
The Lord is not stingy in His gifts—“grace and peace” are not simply added to us in small measure, they are “multiplied” with exponential possibilities! There is no excuse for failing to attain the high and holy life of maximum impact that God has for us, except that we do not know or do not care! I am attempting with God’s help to deal with those two issues—in my life first, and then in yours.
Divine power—the Almighty God’s power—may be experienced and from that we may freely receive the standard of living Jesus purchased for us on Calvary and provides in resurrection life. Peter is pointed when he proclaims, “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.” What more could we need?
God assures us, “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.” We are in the world, but do not have to be of the world. We can be Heaven’s change agents in this world! That is what Jesus came to do—and is doing. It is what He desires to do through you and me, as He lives mightily in and though us! Let us not live beneath our privileges!