(2 Peter 1:1-4) – "His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness."
2 Peter is an incredibly rich and theologically dense book. There is so much being said in each verse. It's a book that speaks to issues that matter for us today.
The topics discussed in this book range from growth, apostasy, false prophets, fake Christians, end times, and bibliology.
The guy who wrote it? Simon Peter, the disciple who denied Jesus 3 times but was later restored to help lead the mission of the early Church.
He's writing to believers, people who have been saved by Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. This letter is given for their encouragement and instruction.
And if you know Jesus, these same things should be heeded.
Peter's comments in these opening verses are astounding.
Verses 2-4 provide a progressive thought with the latter verses building upon the verse prior to itself.
Peter prays for grace and peace to be abundantly given to the believers, but not just in a general sense. He prays that it is multiplied to them in a way that's consistent with the knowledge of God.
He wanted them to receive REAL grace and REAL peace, not the grace and peace that some false teachers were offering.
And a huge way that those 2 things have been given to us is by God giving us everything we need to live a godly life.
God has given us every resource we need to be faithful as a Believer.
How has He done that? By allowing us to truly know Him, the God who gave us life because of how good He is.
And Becuase God is perfectly good and infinitely gracious, He has allowed us to not only live, but to live a life that reflects some of His qualities.
We can't BE God, but we have the freedom to imitate God! And that brings incredible joy!
Not only joy, but it allows us to escape some of the terrible corruption that is in the world because of the lusts that consume people.
Wow! And that's just in the first 4 verses!