Power, Promises, and Partnership

“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.”

2 Peter 1:3-4

 

So, here’s a thought. Christian, God has designed all of time for your assurance, sanctification, and fulfillment of his mission. God is so absolutely, radically committed to the growth, fruitfulness, and ultimate joy of his people that he commits your past, your future, and your present to these ends.

God’s Past Provision

 Peter says that God “has granted” everything necessary for fullness of life and godliness. We have already been fully equipped for the lives to which he has called us.

Exactly when did this this happen? Peter says all things were granted to us “through the knowledge of him who called us.” This is a description of our salvation. At our salvation, we were indwelt by the Spirit of God. He is the powerful provision for life and godliness.

God’s Promises for Future Partnership

 We have also been given “precious and very great promises,” through which we become partakers, or partners, of the divine nature. Promises are future-oriented. [pullquote align=’left’]Confidence in the future fulfillment of a promise causes actions that reflect this confidence.[/pullquote] God has given us these precious promises so that we may live now in the confidence that they are ours.

God’s Present Provision of Purity

 Peter says that we have “escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” The past event of our salvation means that we are now free from the corruption brought on by sin. Paul says, “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). We certainly continue to struggle with sinful desires, but God has declared us to be innocent. We are, right now, positionally pure before God. This truth is intended to make us confident that God is for us. We are free to pursue him without a wall of sin standing as a barrier.

God has acted in the past to secure for us a glorious future, so that we may live in confidence and joy in the present.

Great! Now what?

We work! Because God has equipped us, because he has secured our eternity, because he has dealt with our sin, Peter says we are to “make every effort” to make God’s work visible in our faith, virtue, knowledge, self, control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). God saves us and equips us to partner with him in his mission to make himself known as glorious for all eternity. God has invested all of time in making us confident and fruitful in fulfilling this mission.