“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, be diligent.., for if you practice these qualities you will never fall… Pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:3-10,19
The Source and vehicle? God and His divine power. The generous grant? All things that pertain to life and godliness, and God’s precious and very great promises. The motivation? To partake of His divine nature, having been freed from sin’s corruption. Our call? To His glory and excellence. Behold what is ours for the partaking!
It is hard to dress a limp body. Our gracious Lord has brought all the garb, provided everything necessary for us to partake of His divine nature, but He elicits our cooperation in getting dressed in that nature. We make available our hearts for the shield of faith, our minds for knowledge and virtue. We put out our arms in active faith as we serve and work, and exercise self control as we speak, react, and behave. In tandem with our every effort, our Lord fuels steadfastness, develops godliness, fills to overflow with brotherly affection and love. (Ephesians 6:14,16; Philippians 4:8)
What we think is not possible we have shrouded in unbelief. We trip up on the unloveliness of others, the challenge of a circumstance, or the repugnance of a requirement, and are near-sighted to the vast possibilities of God. He who has delivered us from sin’s tentacles is the One who matures in us our new person, with all attending qualities, fresh impulses, and new affections. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What reluctance and unbelief need we release in order to partake of all God has to offer? He gives us every good reason to be made like Him, and therefore effective and fruitful as we live our days. Will we let go of every thing that holds us back, so we are free to seize His all things?
Lord God, multiply Your grace to me in the knowledge of God and Jesus my Lord. Prompt me daily to seize and partake of all You have afforded me, so Your nature is magnified and made attractive to all who live in a dark place of soul. May Your truth have its way in me, and its sway in the nations. (2 Peter 1:3; 2:1-3)