Summary: In this decree, four essential components reminded Peter’s audience of the reality of God’s "Generous Grace" to all believers: 1) Divine Power (2 Peter 1:3a), 2) Divine Provision (2 Peter 1:3b), 3) Divine Procurement (2 Peter 1:3c), and 4) Divine Promises
In Manitoba this week, the citizens have literally been deluged by flooding. Spring rains mixed with melting snow have overwhelmed flood preparations. The Government called in the army to assist residents sandbag and do whatever possible to mitigate damage. The question everyone had before a controlled dike breach, is if preparations were enough?
When we encounter trials, face difficulties or challenges, the natural question to ask is if we have enough resources. In spite of God’s revelation of His tremendous generosity (1 Chron. 29:10–14), some Christians often think He was somehow miserly in dispensing His grace. He may have given them enough enabling grace for justification (Rom. 3:24), but not enough for sanctification. Or some believers have been taught that they received enough grace for justification and sanctification, but not enough for glorification, and thus fear they may lose their salvation. Even if they believe there is enough grace for final glorification, many Christians still feel there is not enough for them to handle life’s problems and trials. But there is no reason for any believer to doubt the sufficiency of God’s grace or to look elsewhere for spiritual resources (Ex. 34:6; Pss. 42:8; 84:11; 103:11; 107:8; 121:1–8; Lam. 3:22–23; John 1:16; 10:10; Rom. 5:15, 20–21; 8:16–17, 32; 1 Cor. 2:9; 3:21–23; Eph. 1:3–8; 2:4–7; 3:17–19; 1 Peter 5:7).
The words of 2 Peter 1:3-4 are clothed in the language of “decree,” an official declaration by which the benefactor, beneficiaries, and benefits are enumerated (Waltner, E., & Charles, J. D. (1999). 1-2 Peter, Jude. Believers church Bible commentary (213). Scottdale, Penn.: Herald Press.).
In this decree, four essential components reminded Peter’s audience of the reality of God’s "Generous Grace" to all believers: 1) Divine Power (2 Peter 1:3a), 2) Divine Provision (2 Peter 1:3b), 3) Divine Procurement (2 Peter 1:3c), and 4) Divine Promises (2 Peter 1:4).
1) Divine Power (2 Peter 1:3a)
2 Peter 1:3a 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), (ESV)
His refers back to the Lord Jesus. If the personal pronoun modified God, Peter probably would not have used the descriptive word divine since deity is inherent in God’s name. His use of divine pointing to the Son underscores that Jesus is truly God (John 10:30; 12:45; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:16; 2:9; Heb. 1:3) and also refutes any lingering doubt some readers may have had concerning that reality (1 John 5:20). Peter himself had been an eyewitness to Christ’s divine power (1:16; Mark 5:30; Luke 4:14; 5:17).
Whatever spiritual sufficiency believers have is not because of any power they possess in themselves (Matt. 19:26; Rom. 9:20–21; Eph. 1:19; Phil. 3:7–11; 1 Tim. 1:12–16; Titus 3:5)
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)