Summary: Here we are challenged to take full advantage of the divine power & promises of God. Peter then gives us the specific steps to follow so that we may be victorious through Jesus Christ.
2 PETER 1: 3-8 [Our Precious Faith Series]
Peter begins his teaching by reminding them and us of the basics of authentic Christianity. If we continue to live by the divine power which God has given to us, and if we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, we will be fruitful. Thus we are challenged to take full advantage of the divine power and promises of God. Peter then gives us the specific steps to follow so that we may be victorious through Jesus Christ (CIT). If we practice these characteristics of the divine nature not only do we grow in Christ-likeness, we also experience the assurance of eternal rewards.
I. DIVINE POWER, 3.
II. DIVINE PROMISES, 4.
III. DIVINE PROGRESS, 5-7.
IV. DIVINE PRODUCTIVITY, 8.
The expectations of becoming Christ-like would be impossible if not for God’s divine enabling. Verse 3 teaches that Christ has provided everything believers need for life and godliness. “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.
The first amazing statement is not in the future tense. [Dōreomai means “to freely give or grant” “to bestow, to endow.” and stresses the freeness and worth of the gift. The perfect tense also stresses the certainty of the fact and possession of this gift.] Peter contends that God has already given us His divine power and through that power He has made everything which pertains to life and godliness available to us. God has provided believers with all the resources necessary to make spiritual growth possible. [“Divine” translates theias, which is from theos -God, used three times in NT (Acts 17:29; 2 Peter 1:4). “Power” (dynameōs) is one of Peter’s favorite words (1 Peter 1:5; 3:22; 2 Peter 1:16; 2:11).]
Peter’s teaching sounds like that of Paul when he declared “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). [Cedar, Paul. The Preacher's Commentary Series, Vol. 34: James / 1 & 2 Peter / Jude. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 1984, S. 207 ]
How do we grow? ... through the true knowledge of Him who called us. All that believers need for spiritual vitality (life) and godly living (eusebeian, “godliness,” “holiness”) is attainable through our knowledge of Him (Christ). In knowing Jesus believers have freely at their disposal all the resources necessary to enable them to work out the process of sanctification, or growing into the likeness of Jesus.
An intimate “full knowledge” [epignōseōs; see my message on 2 Peter 1:1-2, verse 2] of Christ is the source of spiritual power and growth (Phil. 1:9; Col. 1:9-10; 2:2). As we get to know the Lord Jesus through prayer, through the Word, through worship through walking day by day with Him we grow. For the better we know Him, the better we understand how all things that pertain to life and godliness can function within us. [Courson, Jon: Jon Courson's Application Commentary. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2003, S. 1586.]