Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as 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 through lust.
Peter starts with a wonderful salutation. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Knowledge is an important theme; the knowledge of God and of Jesus are connected because God is known savingly only in and through Jesus Christ. “All things have been delivered to me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27 NKJV) But this Scripture goes on to say even more wonderful things. God’s divine power has given to us (believers) all things that pertain to life and godliness through our knowledge of Him. A promise that all things that pertain to living our lives and living in godliness is given through the knowledge of Him. That knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit.
And then this Scripture ends with another glorious promise. We have been given “exceedingly great and precious promises” and that through these promises we would be partakers of the nature of God. We are being conformed to the likeness of Christ and the image of God.
Human knowledge of God may be a purely an intellectual thing, as somebody knows about things by observing. But believers know God in a personal way because we have relationship with Him; a personal relationship with Him through our faith in Jesus Christ. But I have to ask one thing. If we (believers) have a more than human knowledge of God because we have relational knowledge of Him, why is it we have a hard time believing in the promises that Scripture says are “exceedingly great”? God’s promises reveal His particular and eternal purposes to which He is committed and upon which we can depend. God is absolutely trustworthy. “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:13-18 NKJV) Sometimes believers don’t believe in the promises of God because we look at them with worldly eyes. Our faith in God and in His promises is fundamental to believers, but just like anyone else, we place those promises into a very small box and believe in our own power.
But friend, it’s not about our power to believe. It’s about the power of God to believe. This Scripture says that God has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness and that through His promises we may be partakers of them. God’s power not our own. God’s strength not our own. God’s victory not our own. We’re given a choice to believe in the promises of God or not to believe. “For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV) What choice will you make?
Dear Lord, thank You that your divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Thank You that your promises are exceedingly great and precious and that they are available to us. Draw us Lord into a closer, more personal relationship with You so that our knowledge of You increases. Forgive us when our faith and belief rests in our own knowledge, strength, and power. Our victory is in You, Lord. May we glorify You in all we say and do. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!