2 Peter 1: 2-4: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The apostle Paul identifies the “divine power” referred to here as “the power of the resurrection.” This power is the third resource for godly living that Peter lists in this letter. “By glory and virtue” these words suggest the qualities of Jesus that attract believers to Him. Jesus’ virtue is His moral excellence that continually awed His disciples. “Great and precious promises” refers to the numerous offers of divine provision found in Scripture. These promises offer us the glory and virtue of Christ as the basis for our growing participation in the divine nature. We have Christ within us, as He promised, to enable us to become increasingly Christlike.


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