"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

Category: 2 Peter

God of Grace. God of Promises.

Here is 2 Peter 1:3-4: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (ESV)

Here is my paraphrase of the same: “Our Savior of infinite, divine power has graced us with everything with regard to possessing and living out eternal life even now in this present world. This grace has come and continues to flow to us through the channel of a growing, deeply personal and experiential knowledge of our Father, who issued His call to relationship with Himself by the display of His most magnificent glory in this salvation in Christ. It was in the exercise of this most magnificent glory in Christ that our Father graced us with promises of value beyond compare, so that as we take them up and act upon them in faith we might become partners with Him in the display of this glory in this world and that we might escape the process of dissolution that is at work in the world through the strong desires that operate in everyone.”

New Studies in 2 Peter

Peter’s short second letter is perhaps as profound as any portion of Scriptures for the days in which we live. Sadly, it seems we’ve lost sight of the end of all things and thus have lost any orientation by which we might rightly embrace the present. That was the problem Peter wrote to confront. False teachers had arisen saying that there would be no final judgment (2 Peter 3:3-4). Deny accountability and you lose all ability to live faithfully. I titled this series Last Days Life Preservers. We have to keep our eyes on the last day if we will be faithful in these last days. To help us, Peter throws us a lifeline comprised of …

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