THE TRUE LIFE IS A CHRIST-LIKE LIFESTYLE

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness 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 and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

– 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV

God did not command us, from the beginning, to be wealthy or poor, but to be fruitful, multiply, rule over the earth and subdue. Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden highlighted a fundamental truth about being human, that without God we are incapable of living as He commands and expects for us to live. Jesus Christ became the means and model by which God would guide us to encounter the life He planned and purposed for us to live when He created us. Jesus reiterates this point and principle of living in the gospel of John 15 when He teaches His disciples from the parable of the vine and the branches and the principle of bearing fruit that supports God’s command given back in Genesis 1:26-28. When you continue reading 2 Peter 1:5-8 and compare that with Galatians 5:22 regarding the Apostle Paul’s teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, it provides greater clarity to what is being mentioned in today’s scripture reference from 2 Peter 1:3-4.

In essence, what 2 Peter 1:3 is saying is that by His own power God has given us everything we need to live the way He desires and commands. Everything we need to live and be like Christ comes through our knowledge of Him. Our knowledge of God comes through the written word provided for us in the bible and our obedience to His word that allows us to experience Him personally, intimately according to His word. So everything we need to live, according to God’s word, comes through what we learn from His word. In essence, the quality of the life I live and the means by which God will measure the value of my life will be accredited to the amount of knowledge I made use of in His word to live by. I don’t have control over my circumstances, misfortune and injustice that comes my way, but I do have control over how I make use of my knowledge of God to live according to His word in all circumstances. This is the point of 2 Peter 1:4. Through God’s word, His glory and goodness, God provides His promises (His word) and the person, presence and power of His Holy Spirit (divine nature) to empower us to live and experience the true life, hidden life taught in the scriptures. Notice the corruption in the world is caused by evil desires which Adam and Eve demonstrated in the garden of Eden. In a perfect environment, before the knowledge of sin existed, they still chose to live opposite of what God commanded. They could have chosen the tree of life, but they chose opposite of what God desired. In a nut shell, God is using the first verses 3-4 of 2 Peter to encourage sincere believers to do what those who do not believe are incapable of doing on their own.

The true life is a life that participates in the divine nature (the Holy Spirit) and allows the divine power of God, accessed through our knowledge of Him and obedience to His word to influence how we live daily that causes us to prosper, become fruitful, mature and benefits and blesses others as God does with us. I may not have an abundance of material wealth, but I possess the One who richly provides everything I need in this life for my enjoyment. If I believe this, I will not spend my life, as Jesus taught, seeking after material wealth and possessions. I will spend my life, on Christ’s behalf, seeking to invest in my eternal future by doing good, being rich in good deeds, generous and willing to give to others! When you read 2 Peter 1:5-8, this is what God expects after we understand what is written in verses 3-4 of 2 Peter.

May God bless you and help you to grow in your knowledge of Him and participate in the divine nature so you may mature and become fruitful to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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