In the midst of all the clamor for your attention, there is a quiet voice offering everything you need to live. II Peter 1:3,4 tells us, “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: 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.” What an amazing offer.
First, we see that God’s power provides everything we need (“his divine power hath given unto us all things”). It is beyond our comprehension to grasp all that is included in his divine power. He offers “all things that pertain to life.” While God is not just a cosmic ATM, he is able to provide for us financially and materially. He is also able to provide strength for our struggles, wisdom for our decisions and healing for our wounds. God also offers “all things that pertain to godliness.” He is able to empower us to live godly, spiritual lives that bring pleasure and honor to him.
Second, we see that God’s son is the means of God’s provision (“through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”). Everything good that God offers is offered through his beloved son, Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in Earth.” The Apostle Paul said of Christ in Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus Christ) should all fullness dwell.” Later, in Colossians 2:9, Paul says, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” The Bible clearly states in multiple places that God gave to us the best that he had and all that he had in the person of Jesus Christ.
Third, we see that God’s word is the means for knowing God’s son (“whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises”). God’s “exceeding great and precious promises” are given to us in the Bible. It is “by these” that we gain “the knowledge of him.” It is “by these” that we escape the “corruption that is in the world.” It is “by these” that we are “partakers of the divine nature.”
God’s word leads us to God’s son, Jesus Christ. God’s son leads us to God. It is a beautiful plan and an amazing promise. It is definitely a “must-read” report.
Pastor Timothy Benefield is pastor of Golden Valley Baptist Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.