Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-4
3His 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, 4by 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.
A relationship with Jesus Christ makes the following available to us even though we live in a world that would corrupt us through sinful desires.
God’s power: So now we have what we need for life and godliness.
God’s promises: So now we are “partakers” in His divine nature.
Those who enjoy sport remember reading and watching Lance Armstrong ride to glory over and over. This week we waited for Lance Armstrong’s confession at the Chapel of Oprah so we could hear him come clean about doping in order to win. Now in the wake of his ill-gotten glory and years of aggressive lying, the stories of ruined lives are coming into focus.
Sin wreaks lives. The corruption of the world is always seeking to wreak us through the pathways of our sinful desires.
These verses (2 Peter 1:3-4) reveal a new reality available for us through our knowledge of Jesus. These verses remind me that sin in my life and even the sinful desires are not a fault of the Gospel. The Gospel has not failed me. Rather when I become aware of gross and ugly sin in my life, I know that I must lean into my walk with Jesus. I need His power for this new life and I need His promises that shout “I am loved by God.” These promises interrupt the sin cycle and usher me into His grace for life.
Oh, Heavenly Father, have mercy on us. May Jesus’ power and promises be evident in our lives. Thank you for rescuing us from utter destruction through Him. Now may your Word lead us into your path for life and may your Spirit empower us to love well. AMEN.