Divine Power and Precious Promises

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 29 May 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Divine Power and Precious Promises

Today, we delve into 2 Peter 1:3-4, a passage rich with encouragement and assurance for every believer. Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, writes to remind us of the incredible resources we have in Christ. Through His divine power and precious promises, God equips us to live godly lives and partake in His divine nature. Let's explore how these truths can transform our lives.

Divine Power for Godly Living
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT): "By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life."

Peter begins by highlighting that God's divine power has provided us with everything necessary for godly living. This power is not limited or insufficient; it is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and sustains the universe.

Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT): "I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God's right hand in the heavenly realms."

Paul is praying for the Ephesian believers to grasp the enormity of God's power available to them. This power is not ordinary; it is the same divine force that resurrected Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place of honour. This resurrection power is at work within every believer, enabling us to live victorious and transformed lives. When we comprehend the greatness of this power, our faith is strengthened, and we are emboldened to live out our calling.

Consider the story of a young apprentice learning from a master craftsman. The master provides all the tools and guidance needed for the apprentice to succeed. Similarly, God equips us with all we need through His power.

John Piper once said, "The power of God means that God is able to do all that He wills to do." We can live confidently, knowing that God's power is at work in us.

Knowledge of Him Who Called Us
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT): "We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvellous glory and excellence."

Peter underscores that our empowerment comes from knowing Jesus. This knowledge is relational and transformative. It's through this intimate relationship that we access the resources for godly living.

Philippians 3:10 (NLT): "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death."

Paul's desire is twofold: to know Christ intimately and to experience His resurrection power. This longing goes beyond intellectual knowledge; it is about a deep, personal relationship with Jesus. Additionally, Paul acknowledges that knowing Christ includes sharing in His sufferings. This shared suffering shapes us into Christ's likeness and deepens our fellowship with Him. Experiencing Christ's power and suffering transforms our lives, enabling us to live with purpose and resilience.

Think of a vine and its branches. As the branches remain connected to the vine, they receive nourishment and bear fruit. Our connection to Christ, the true vine, ensures we receive all we need for spiritual vitality.

A.W. Tozer stated, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." Knowing God shapes our identity and purpose.

Precious Promises for Divine Nature
2 Peter 1:4 (NLT): "And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires."

God's promises are rooted in His character - His glory and excellence. These promises enable us to partake in His divine nature, transforming us from within and helping us overcome sinful desires.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT): "For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding 'Yes!' And through Christ, our 'Amen' (which means 'Yes') ascends to God for His glory."

Paul assures the Corinthians that every promise God has made finds its fulfilment in Jesus Christ. In Christ, God's promises are affirmed and guaranteed. Our response to these promises is to say 'Amen,' meaning we agree and trust in God's faithfulness. This affirmation not only glorifies God but also strengthens our faith as we stand on the certainty of His promises. Jesus is the ultimate proof of God's trustworthiness and the embodiment of His promises.

Imagine a person receiving an inheritance that changes their life completely. God's promises are our spiritual inheritance, offering transformation and victory over sin.

Charles Spurgeon said, "God never gives a promise He does not intend to fulfil." We can trust in His promises, knowing they are certain and life-changing.

Each of these scriptures emphasises a different aspect of our relationship with Christ and the transformative power of God at work within us. From understanding the incredible power available to us as believers to desiring a deep, experiential knowledge of Christ, to trusting in the fulfilled promises of God, and finally, to being transformed by the renewal of our minds, we are called to live lives that reflect His glory and purpose. Let us embrace these truths and allow them to shape our faith and actions daily.

Application and Call to Action
Embrace God's Power: Trust that God's power equips you for every challenge. Spend time in prayer and ask God to manifest His power in your life.
Deepen Your Knowledge of Christ: Invest in your relationship with Jesus through daily Bible study and worship. Seek to know Him more intimately.
Claim God's Promises: Memorise and meditate on God's promises. Let them guide and transform your thoughts and actions.
Live a Transformed Life: Reflect Christ in your daily living. Let your life be a testament to the transformative power of God's promises.

By embracing these principles, we can live godly lives that reflect the glory and excellence of our Lord. Let us seek to be transformed by His truth daily, shining His light in a world that desperately needs it.