Getting through life, temptations and all that …
I was struck, at our last Inter-Church Study, by the word ‘through’ which appears four times in three verses in the second letter of Peter, chapter 1. Here they are:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 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.
We Christians can enjoy going through three ‘processes’ which run together
- Getting to know God
- Receiving what He’s promised
- Sharing in the Lord’s divine nature. And the result of this that grace and peace (which Peter mentions first) show in our lives. As someone said - it’s not what you know but who you know! But we mustn’t neglect to improve our knowledge.
As Paul told Timothy
All scripture is useful for teaching and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly (old version throughly, meaning through and through) equipped for every good work.