2 Peter "All Things That Pertain To Life and Godliness"
Each book in the Bible gently guides God's people into a more intimate relationship with their Creator, as He knows must occur, for His people to receive Him in the depth of the relationship that He purchased for them. Each day we are covering, in sequential order, one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament and explaining how each of them is revealing God in a more intimate way than has been given to this point in the scriptures.
Today is the twenty-second day of the series, “The Progressive Revelation of Jesus Christ” and the book is, 2 Peter, the twenty-second book in the New Testament as it appears in our Bible. 2 Peter is a letter written to a group of Christians who were learning what receiving all things that pertain to life and godliness is and how to realize the depth of the relationship that is possible through Jesus Christ.
The first statement of 2 Peter that I will touch on today is, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Peter has just laid out God’s way of transforming His people from their own strength into His strength by telling them what God has already supplied which is everything and how God’s people receive the things God has for them by being separated from the world and being joined to Him by being “of His divine nature.” To be partakers of His nature is another transformational statement in the relationship of His people with Him. Not only do God’s people have the Holy Ghost that will remind them of things that were said and show them things to come, but they have the “divine” nature of God Himself.
The next statement of revelation for the day I will write about is, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Peter had just told about how he had witnessed the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus’ clothes shined and Elijah and Moses were with them, and Our Father spoke about Jesus, and now he says that there is an even more sure word of prophecy. This prophecy is a true relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ that the light of God shines into a dark heart until He takes residence inside the person and comes out of him by revealing to that person what His scriptures are telling that person for and in their lives; so, the person has not interpreted the scriptures for themself, but God has shown the truth to them.
Peter then tells God’s people about people who are against God by writing, “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” which a lot of people are still doing today. Until people are transformed into the understanding of who God is, that He has given all things, and their peace comes from Him, and it does not come from nor exist in external factors, they will be subject to being distracted and pulled away from Him, and His eternal rest that He has given to all that call upon His name; but, when the transformation from earthly to godly happens in God’s people’s lives, they are set free into His liberty.
Peter then tells God’s people, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” Peter is writing about how the people who he is writing to are looking for the kingdom of heaven and Him coming to them; telling them to be “found of Him” the “of” position is defined as the relation between a part and its whole. This is telling His people to know who they are from and connected to; so, “they are who they are” instead of trying to become something in their own ability.
The last statement I will comment on today is, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” Peter is writing about Paul’s writings, and this is the only time in the New Testament that it refers to another book not written by the same author. This is displaying the relationship of God’s people with each other and how they helped each other through their journeys in a loving way, but more than that, Peter is telling the people that others might try to twist Paul’s words, like they did the other scriptures, into meaning what they wanted them to say; which is against God’s purpose for His word and will destroy them instead of bringing them an abundant life.
The examples in this blog are only a limited sample of the deepening relational revelation described through the letter titled “2 Peter.”
The intent of the blog is to demonstrate the difference in the revelation that God gives to His people as they intently follow Him and focus on what He has told them through their individual lives, and the revelation they’ve received through the Holy Spirit and His Holy Bible.