Friday, January 26 The Gift of Divinity
After Peter says in 2 Peter 1:3 that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness, he says in verse 5 to make every effort to add to your faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. We are given all we need, yet we need more. Peter puts it in terms of a divine gift——and participating in the divine nature. To have a divine nature is almost beyond belief. It means that we are capable of being totally holy, sinless, without fault (Jude 24). Paul makes it clear in Romans that we are declared righteous on the basis of believing in Christ. We are accepted as righteous even though we still have to contend with the sin nature. But salvation is a certainty, and we are restored to fellowship with God. Peter used the words “divine power” in v. 3 and “very great and precious promises” and “the divine nature” in v. 4. Putting all that together is to say that we have the capacity to be holy, to resist sin, to be without fault (Jude 24). But we still have the sin nature to contend with. We’re declared righteous, but we’re not yet fully righteous. So we should not be content with our present spiritual condition, but need to make every effort to become more righteous. That’s not “works” because it’s one of those great and precious promises a divine provision. Yet it requires effort on our part. This is none other than the sanctification process, which will only be completed after we leave this life. According to Peter, possessing the divine nature has four results. 1) It makes us productive for the Lord. 2) It verifies our salvation. 3) It will keep us from falling. And 4) We will obtain a great reward in the future kingdom of God. If you already know all this, so did Peter’s readers. Verse 12 says: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” Peter says “always remind you.” So there may be more reminders coming. I’m OK with that.