Summary: Christians are called to participate in the divine nature of God!
What would you say is God’s nature like? What are God’s attributes??
In our passage today, we Christians are called to participate in God’s divine nature. In other words, we are to live our daily lives with God besides us with all His attributes. We are to walk everyday with God and experience His wonderful attributes! How are we all doing with this? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being perfect, quietly note how you are doing with your daily walk with God and experiencing His wonderful attributes. Think about your day yesterday or the other day….
Our passage today will help us improve our walk with God. Please take a moment to quietly pray for listening, learning, and committing to doing what God has in store for you this morning..
Amen! Open your Bibles now to the 2nd Letter by the Apostle Peter…
Read along with me the entire first chapter, although our focus this morning will be on the first 4 verses…
What we are reading are words from God. But this wondrous powerful God created people to relate to and to share Himself with. And so, God used a simple fisherman named Simon Peter to speak for Him to encourage God’s people. May you and I be encouraged this morning!
We note in v1 that Peter was a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ.
The original Greek word for servant actually refers to being owned by a Master. Jesus Christ was Peter’s Master!
The original Greek word for apostle refers to one commissioned by another to represent him in some way. Peter was called, taught, and sent out by Jesus Christ.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and His desire is to relate to each one of us like He did with Peter. Like with Peter, God calls us to participate with Him with His divine nature to serve Jesus, to learn, to teach, and be a godly example to others. As Christians, this is our calling. Commit to it today!
We note in v2 that all Christians, including Peter himself, are to participate in God’s divine nature. How can it happen to us like it did with Peter? We can note in the first 4 verses of 2 Peter 1, what God has done and what people must do to result in what we read in v4, to participate in divine nature and escape the corruption in the world.
This is how God works; God does not force anything on anybody. An action that is by force is not love. God is love! God does His part out of love; He gives instructions out of love; and He gives freedom for people to choose out of love!
From v1: what did God make available? We can easily read right through it, but I think God placed the word precious there so that we would pause and think about this. What God has done was provided to people His own righteousness and salvation through Jesus Christ! How precious is this? God gives His own righteousness to unrighteous people!!
And what must people do based on v1? People are to receive that precious faith! And what is faith? Faith here refers to knowing, believing, and trusting.
And so, people must believe and solely trust who Jesus Christ is and what He did, died on a cross for people’s sins but rose from the dead!