Oh, the Possibilities!

Stan Mast

READ : 2 Peter 1:3-8

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (v. 4 NIV)

To sweeten the pot even further, Peter holds out some tantalizing possibilities for our lives when we know Christ better. It is possible, he says, to “participate in the divine nature.” Have you ever read anything like that? Not only pardon for sin and a peace that endures, not only a place in heaven and a profound sense of being loved, not only a deep assurance that all will be well and an energizing conviction that we have an important role in making things right, but also such a closeness with God that we somehow participate in God’s nature. What does that mean? We can understand that about as well as a toddler on a scooter understands flying to the moon in a spaceship. But it’s possible because it’s part of the grace and peace we have through knowing Christ.

If that seems too high flying to be real, consider Peter’s next words. The more we know Christ, the more we can escape the pollution of this world. Peter is not talking about environmental pollution, but about the moral corruption caused by evil desires. Wouldn’t you love to love what God loves? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in harmony with God’s will? That’s not possible? Yes, it is, through a growing knowledge of Christ.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to press on toward the life you make possible. Amen.