2 Peter "Partakers of The Divine Nature"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series is to help us understand how that allows God’s people to receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The greeting of the letter titled 2 Peter is, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multipTlied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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.
The first phrase I will highlight today is, “to them that have obtained like precious faith” This is acknowledging that the recipients have received and are neither being taught who Jesus is nor are they being told how to receive the faith; because they are already beyond these basic principles.
The next phrase I will highlight is, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” This is revelational in the greetings of the New Testament. Once God’s people understand this gift in its proper perspective, their freedom is received in new heights. There is nothing that any of His people need that has not already been given to them. The only thing that any of them must do is actively go through their journey and receive what has been set before them.
How do God’s people actively go through their journeys? “through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” Glory is the positional placement of God’s children, and virtue is the active state of being which God’s works are flowing through them; because of their positioning with Him.
The result of receiving glory and virtue is, “might be partakers of the divine nature” The word “might” means one hundred percent probability of the opportunity of occurrence. God’s divine nature at this point of people’s revelation is already placed in them, and they are realizing what it means in their lives on Earth and for the after-life.
Peter once again addresses who they are instead of who they can potentially be by stating, “having escaped the corruption that is in the world” Having escaped is the perfect place for God’s perfect people. This is an amazing gift from God that once His people realize they have received it: it changes their perspective on everything in life.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is 1 John which states, “that your joy may be full.”