His divine power has granted to us all things …

His 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, by 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.  2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)


What a promise … we have everything we need that we may become partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption of a sinful world!

Take a minute and meditate upon that … according to this passage, what more could I possibly need?  Check out how Peter continues in verse 5 … and think about the use of the word supplement.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

So Peter begins by writing that Jesus divine power has given us all things … yet he immediately goes into a teaching where he indicates you need to supplement … or add to … your faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.

At first glance, that seems just a tad bit confusing … or does it?  There is nothing on that list that in my strength and power I can add to the faith Jesus has given me … especially when it comes to knowledge, godliness and love.

But did Peter really instruct me to add it or is there something more there … perhaps the work of the Holy Spirit in me and in my life ….

Butthe fruit of the Spiritislove, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulnessgentleness,self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

And there is ample proof elsewhere in Scripture that knowledge, godliness and love come from the Holy Spirit.  So it would seem like the supplementing of those things listed by Peter are the work of the Holy Spirit and our responsive/cooperative work with Him … not to suggest it is of us … but a willing spirit is a malleable spirit … one that can be shaped.

What do you think?


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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7 Responses to His divine power has granted to us all things …

  1. Amen, my brother. As you so aptly put it, “There is nothing on that list that in my strength and power I can add to the faith Jesus has given me … especially when it comes to knowledge, godliness and love.” We don’t do any of those things. The Holy Spirit working in us and through us does it all. Powerful stuff, my friend. Powerful stuff. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Right on! If I could add any of these virtues to my own experience I’d be … well, God. I wouldn’t need or depend upon God. I could be saved and then do the rest on my own. But thankfully, God, in His graciousness, has me and all of my needs covered. I can trust confidently that “He who began the good work in me will complete it.”

  3. Erin Pascal says:

    Thank you for sharing this post to us. This is very inspiring and encouraging. I am very grateful to have read you post. This is just what I needed today. May God bless you.

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