2 Peter 1:3 “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:”
In the first couple of verse in this chapter, Peter is in the midst of explaining a few of the marvelous benefits extended to believers by God. This verse mentions every believer being given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. That fact alone is ripe enough to do a year’s worth of devotions, but I will restrain from the urge to do so. The key to receiving all things that pertain unto life and godliness is explained in the later part of the verse: “through knowledge of him …”
To see this blessing through to fulfillment one must achieve a complete knowledge of God. With that in mind, today’s devotion is entitled “Knowledge of God.”
1). The Mechanism of Blessing – Never should a Christian think that they have received something by personal achievement. I am not blessed because of what I have done to merit God’s favor; instead I am blessed when I obey the Almighty and am in a position to be blessed. Peter makes it clear that the blessing of all things that pertain to life and godliness are made manifest by “his divine power.” God blesses us in spite of our current state, despite being wrapped in sin cursed flesh. Through His divine power he made a way for man to be redeemed and in His omniscience He also made all things pertaining to life and godliness available to those whom desire it.
2). The Matter Studied – We obtain the things that pertain to life and godliness through greater knowledge of the One that called us. Each Christian should have a great desire to know more about the God that bought our sin debt with His own blood. All the carnal man knows is sin and the death that followed it. Therefore, the only way to obtain knowledge of life and godliness is to learn more about the One who is Life and Holiness incarnate.
3). The Gift Manifested – By the discernment of the Scriptures, made possible by the Spirit of God, we can understand and possess all things to do with life and godliness. The more I know about God, the more I understand about conforming to His image. The more I learn about the One who gave life, the better I can seize the opportunity to live in the fullness of His service. True godliness is allowing Hod to live through us and true life is only experience when living it in the perfect will of God. Both only can be received once we further our knowledge of the God that is able to perform both.
So, how much knowledge do you posses concerning God. Is that knowledge merely a series of facts you have learned by association with the things of God? Or, have you truly received the blessing of all things pertaining to life and godliness by applying that knowledge and allowing God to shape your life?
Your fellowservant in Christ, Bro. Jordan Foster