Summary: God has given us everything we need for life and godliness, but we need to realise that God’s calling in our lives requires a response from us. If we are not responding then we need to rethink just how much Jesus means to us.

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2 Peter 1:3-11

How the Elect Live

Congregation in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Promises are easy to make. You see it happening when there is going to be an election. All sorts of promises made. Many problems are going to be fixed. Each party is going to make your life smooth. And the election will come, and a river of broken promises and excuses will flow. That is how it works in all sorts of places. Banks do it. Government offices do it. Contractors do it. Professionals do it. It even happens in our relationships with one another. Which can make us people who are a little sceptical about promises that are made.

Now have a look at the promise made in 2 Peter 1:3-4:-

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”.

Whichever way you look at it this is a pretty incredible promise, everything we need for life and godliness.

That means that God will deal with our sin which keeps us separated from Him. God is going to get us to the point where we don’t have to beat ourselves up over every sin we commit. God is going to get us to the point where we don’t have to worry about loosing our salvation because of the guilt and shame we feel over how we have treated Him. God is even going to give us what we need to fight a few battles against temptation – we will get to the point of seeing ourselves rise up and be victorious. It has to be that way or we won’t experience life and godliness.

It also has to be that God transforms us to be His people. We are people who do struggle with our place in God’s purposes. In fact the very fact that we are human makes us prone to act as the enemy of God. By nature we don’t put our foot into God’s camp. By nature we actually seek the refuge of Satan’s camp and we feel comfortable as we walk through the gates. But God transforms us and makes us into His own. He drags us out of the camp of Satan and protects us under His care. It gives us the experience of life and godliness.

That is the promise, but it is only part of the promise. For God also promises to give us a piece of Himself – you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world cause by evil desires. Christianity is quite unique as a religion because it constantly focuses on a God who doesn’t stay distant. Our God is not some far off being who has put us in place and then left us to our own devises. Some people think like that. They picture God as if He were a clock-maker. The clock is made, it is wound up, then it springs to action. From then on there is no more interference from the maker. Some might think like that, but our God is not a celestial clock-maker. God has promised to be so intimately involved in our lives that He is to give us a share in His divine power so that we can be adequately equipped for everything.

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