Friday, October 13, 2006

All You’ll Ever Need (Part 2)

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, God has given you everything that has to do with life and godliness. Jesus came to give us life and abundance of life (John 10:10). Not only is life to be found in Him (John 1:4), but He is life (John 14:6). It is the life of Jesus that the apostle Paul was speaking of when he wrote,
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
God has given us everything that pertains to this life as well as to the next. Jesus said,
Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time — houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)
The apostle Paul said, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

God has also given us everything that pertains to godliness, that is, fellowship with and devotion to Him. In Jesus Christ, we come into a life that is poised to experience the divine glory and virtue, the greatness and the goodness of God at work on our behalf.

Peter called these “exceedingly great and precious promises,” through which we not only escape the corruption of the world, but much more than that, we become partakers of the divine nature! (See Partaking of the Divine Nature).

In 1 Timothy 3:16, Paul outlined the mystery of godliness (see The Mystery of Godliness), and later on he declared, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

We were created to be like God, and though this was lost to us through the sin of Adam, it is restored to us through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him, we receive a new birth from above, a birth by the Holy Spirit of God. To partake of the divine nature, to fellowship with God and to be like Him in this life — could there ever be anything better than this? It is all you’ll ever need.

(See also All You’ll Ever Need, Part 1)