Like so many other churches, we began Vacation Bible School this morning. We are using Lifeway’s Game On theme. We are looking forward to the week.
The theme verse for this year’s Bible School is 2 Peter 1:3. “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
What a glorious promise!
The author of 1 and 2 Peter is the apostle Peter that we are familiar with in the Gospels and Acts. During the ministry of Jesus, no other person is more important to the story than Peter. You will remember that Peter was the one who first identified Jesus as being the “Christ.” (Matthew 16) Peter is the primary preacher of the early church proclaiming the significance of the resurrection of the Lord. (Acts 2) Peter’s influential background is the backdrop of the importance of these two letters. These letters are written to “those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.” That is, these are letters written to Christians who have been scattered perhaps as a result of their beliefs, but not necessarily so. They may have been scattered simply at the whim of the Roman government. Nevertheless, the idea of being a stranger is figuratively true for these believers. Peter desires to make the point that as believers they are strangers in this world. Their beliefs are foreign. Here is where these two books begin to take on contemporary application for the modern day believer in Christ. We also are strangers in this world. Our beliefs are foreign to the world around us. Our beliefs, desires, and habits of holiness are often thought of as foreign and silly among an unbelieving world. And as such, we sometimes fall into patterns of the world and lose our pursuit of holiness. This text speaks to that struggle that we often feel.
God’s Provision Regarding Our Godliness
Here’s the big picture of verses 3-4. God provides everything we need for life and godliness. The emphasis on this passage is godliness, but we can’t help but pause a moment on that word life. We should understand the context is what we need not what we want. (No automatic 54 million dollar jets!) Nevertheless, this is a big deal. Notice several things about God’s provision as outlined in 2 Peter 1:3-4.
- The Power being referenced is His divine power.
- The Parameters being referenced are everything regarding both life and godliness.
- The Pathway to this promise is a relationship through His Work.
- The Purpose of our victory is His Glory and goodness.
- The Promise to succeed in Him is sure.
- The Product of our victory is sharing in the divine nature and escaping the corruption of this world.
Irenaeus, a second century theologian said, “God became what we are, out of His immeasurable love for us, in order to make us what He is.”
If you feel defeated today in your spiritual life, know this: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness!
It’s game on! In Christ, you can win your battle today!