5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9
As the apostle Peter writes these words he is writing about spiritual growth and maturity. We are not called to stay where we are when we first come to Christ. We are called to continue to grow in the character and nature of Christ. This happens as we abide in Him. Abiding is simply close, intimate fellowship with the Lord through prayer and the study of His word. As we make seeking Him the priority, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we continue to grow in Christ we become more effective for God and His kingdom. As we grow our hearts and minds become one with His. The decisions we make line up with His will and His word. Christianity is about continued growth in Christ. It is about a daily pursuit of seeking Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Moving from glory to glory.
Those who fail to grow in Christ are those who fail to understand all they have in the Lord. Those who fail to seek the Lord are those who fail to grow. Following Christ is not about a initially decision. There have been many who have begun following Christ, but at some point in the journey have chosen to turn back to the easy and comfort of the world. Following Jesus can be hard and very uncomfortable. We must abide in Him because in Him alone life is found. May we forsake everything else for our pursuit of Christ. May we set aside every idol and every sin. May we set aside anything that would hinder our walk with Christ. May we be the sons and daughters He has called us to be.
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4
It is through the divine power of God that we are able to live a godly life. It is impossible for us to walk in obedience and holiness in our own strength. The whole foundation of the Christian life is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He not only saved us at Calvary, but on a daily basis it is only by His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to walk in obedience. For it is when we walk in obedience that we are able to truly live a godly life.
The promises we have from God are precious and they are great. He is faithful one hundred percent of the time. He is faithful to fulfill His plans and purposes and He is faithful to the promises of His word. His word is vital to our growth in our relationship with God. As we study His word and come to understand the depth of His word, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The enemy will do all that he can to distract us from studying God’s word. But when we understand the value and importance of God’s word we will orient our lives so that the priority of each day is studying the word of God.
We only participate in the divine nature as we abide in Christ each day. The world we live in is corrupted by the lies and deceptions of Satan. Those who chase after the world and its desire reflect the character and nature of who Satan is. At Satan’s core is darkness and wickedness and those who indulge in the world and its ways will have darkness and wickedness manifested in their lives.
The divine nature is simply the character and nature of who Christ is. When we are born into this world we are born into sin. We are bound by sin and death and it isn’t until we come to Christ that we are set free. But this is only the beginning of the journey. For as we abide in Him daily we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit begins to fill our lives and our lives reflect the character and nature of who Christ is.
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:3-4
The divine nature is the character of Christ within us. When we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we become born again. Our hearts are renewed toward God and we are able to draw near to God with confidence because our sin no longer remain. Jesus has made the way possible for us to draw near and it is through drawing near that our hearts and lives are transformed.
Everything accomplished in our lives for God’s kingdom is by His power. In ourselves we are powerless and unable to accomplish anything for God’s kingdom. But we have been given the precious Holy Spirit who not only leads and guides us into all truth, but empowers and strengthens us for all things. The Holy Spirit enables us to accomplish the impossible. This is why Jesus told the disciples that He needed to go so that the Holy Spirit would come.
As we study God’s word and as the Holy Spirit reveals the truth of God’s word within us the strongholds and lies of the enemy are broken. When we come to Christ we still have the lies of the enemy that try to overwhelm us. But as we study God’s word and spend time in prayer, we are matured and begin to walk in victory and freedom in all things. Everything we have from Jesus is a gift. There is nothing earned in God’s kingdom. God has simply called us to be faithful with the gifts and talents He has given unto us.