2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life 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, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
Peter opens his second letter by encouraging the churches in Asia Minor with his greeting; “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). In other words, Peter is saying: “May grace (God’s undeserved favor), peace ( harmony, health and well-being), be yours in abundance (multiplied to you) through the knowledge (experienced intimacy) of God and of Jesus our Lord.” The Holy Spirit has inspired such a greeting not only to them, but for the Church in all ages!
This inexhaustible grace and peace, has by God’s divine power, given you all things necessary for “a godly life!” God, through His glory and goodness, has made all blessings possible by giving you His very great and precious promises. Probably the most astounding statement in the Scriptures concerning God’s very great and precious promises is “that through them you may participate in the divine nature!” This is accurately rendered; “that through these you may become divine sharers of His nature.”
Granted Divine Privileges
As a believer you have received a most precious gift and been granted privileged access to God, through these “very great and precious promises.” God’s promises are the keys that unlock the doors to the treasures of heaven’s storehouse. God is not only sharing His treasures, but His glorious nature with you! (See John 14:20, Ephesians 4:24, Hebrews 12:10, 1 John 3:2)
Having such privileged access to His promises, is the only way you can know and understand God with any degree of certainty. God’s Word enables you to believe, and to agree with Him. You’re empowered to walk with Him with a high level of confidence, knowing you’re in His will, through the revealed knowledge you’ve received from His Word. You are made aware of your standing with God, and of your own privileged position of sharing in His divine nature, through these very great and precious promises.
God’s promises give your prayers a hearing before His throne. The promises you’ve received from Him are the foundation of every request you make. In fact, it is the fulfillment of God’s many promises throughout the Old Testament, that has brought you back into His family in the first place. It is those very great and precious promises that sent Christ to redeem you, granting you the privileged access to God’s Presence and His nature.
Having Divine Influence
You have been granted influence with heaven when you pray. Your requests do not rest upon any opinions or ideas of your own, but upon the living words originally spoken by God Himself. To be given the right to ask, and the certainty of being heard and receiving an answer, grants you power to effect real change in this world.
God’s power flows via His very great and precious promises, through your prayers, directly into this world to accomplish His will on earth as it is in Heaven. Prayer is actually Divine Power released through a divine partnership with His people, based on what He has already spoken.
Consider Isaiah 55:11 “…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” And Jeremiah 1:12 “…for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” These are not promises, but very great and precious facts!
Having such great and precious promises granting you such privileged access, as well as allowing you the undeserved favor to share in God’s Divine nature. His divine power has given you everything you need for a godly life through your knowledge of him who called you by his own glory and goodness. Use the grace He’s giving you to pray big prayers. See God’s power effect change in your life and in the world around you. Fellowship with Him, participate in the divine nature and Be Encouraged! -JSP