Tools for Godly Living

 Sunday, Mar. 19                   T

2 Pet. 1:3-4.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”  “Escaping the corruption in the world” is not that we will be free from persecution, but from contamination.  Verse eight makes it clear that the divine power of verse three is to keep us from being ineffective and unproductive.  History tells us that persecution is our opportunity to demonstrate that divine power.  Indeed, we are called to suffer persecution (1 Pet. 2:20-21).  The calling of  2 Pet. 1:3, 10 is not a call to salvation, but a call to godly living.  Godly living in the midst of persecution is a light in a dark world.  But it’s not automatic; otherwise Peter would have had no reason to write this passage of Scripture.  The divine power has to be applied.  God has done his part by giving us the tools.  It could be that there are a few tools just collecting dust.  We need to use them.

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