His divine power has given us everything we need. 2 Peter 1:3

As we continue our study of 2 Peter, we pick up at verse three, of Chapter One.  Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter writes:

“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.”
2 Peter 1: 3-4
Peter had walked with the Lord Jesus during His time of Ministry on the earth.  The Gospels tell us that Peter, who made his living as a Professional Fisherman,  was one of the first people to be called by the Lord to become a “Fisher of Men.”   He was one of the 12 Apostles, and was in the “inner circle” along with James and John.  And even though he showed his mortality when he temporarily lost trust in the process of the plan Father had for us when the Lord Jesus was captured, falsely tried, horribly beaten, and killed on a cross as our substitute, his recovery of trust and faith after the resurrection of Christ showed him to be the “rock” the Lord knew he was.
The Book of Acts tells us of Peter being chosen to take the Good News of Christ to the Gentiles. Paul was later given the ball to carry on that, but Peter carried it first.  Peter was shown by the Lord that all food was clean to eat as long as we gave ‘thanks’ for it. These two things alone showed him a new day had come.  The Jews did not associate with unclean people as gentiles were considered to be.  They did not eat anything that was not kosher under the Law’s guidelines. But these things were shown to Peter because the Lord had told him to “feed the sheep.”  He knew Peter would take these things to the flock.  Peter preached the first sermon after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Over 3,000 souls were saved.  As He grew in the Lord,  He spoke words of healing in the name of Jesus, and the sick were healed, and the lame walked, and the dead were raised. Shackles fell off his hands and feet when he was thrown in jail and he was led by an angel out to freedom.  And the list goes on. Peter was a man with divine power.
However, when Peter spoke, he did not speak of himself, he spoke of the divine power of Jesus, and the faith He has given unto us.  He had said as he opened this Epistle: “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.”  He was saying we all – all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Messiah – have the same precious faith. Peter went on to say, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.”  Peter was saying we all have the same power from our faith in Christ, and we all have divine power to walk as Christ walked.  Jesus had said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do whatever I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”  John 14:12
When I was a lad, a common expression when someone asked another, “How are you doing?” was “Oh, just gettin’ by.”  And for the most part, that was true because that is all they expected.  Just “getting by” for another day that would follow another just like that one.  Sadly this is true today for many.  But we are not here to “just get by”.  We are here to make a difference in people’s lives.  We are born at this time in this place for a purpose.  That purpose is to live life abundantly; bringing forth the gifts and talents we have been given, demonstrating the love our Father has for His children.  We are to do it in the divine power of Jesus Christ.  Peter demonstrated that divine power, and told us that we have it when Christ is in us.
Let us realize who we are, and what we are, and what is in our spirit when we are born again by the Holy Spirit. His divine nature is in us.  His divine power has given us everything we need to live life large.  We have power within us that faith in the promises will bring forth.  Let us go to the Word and seek them out. “Ask, Seek, Knock.”   We will discover who we are.  We shall rejoice as we walk in His divine power, and His divine nature, for that is who we are. We are one with Him.
Grace, peace and mercy be upon you in abundance, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.  May you be encouraged, strengthened, and comforted by the truth of the Word.
I love you.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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