“God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine” – David Nicholas

“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.”[1]

2 Peter 1:4 ESV

There has been a handful of times where I have received extreme kindness from others that I did not deserve. The initial gift itself was far greater than anything I deserved and the gift itself opened the door to receive even greater blessings. Realistically, as humans we are not used to extreme kindness from others. Especially from those that have no real reason to extend extreme kindness and go above and beyond. That’s what makes this verse so powerful when we think about the amazing promises that we have received through Jesus.

Peter directs the readers to think about the precious and very great promises that we received from Jesus & the ability the partake in His divine nature. Jesus has granted us a portion of His goodness while we are on earth. Not only are we saved by Jesus’ sacrifice in our new birth, but it also extends into eternal glory. For many of us, it is a good reminder to continually look towards Jesus coming back. Life in this world is not always easy to deal with because of the brokenness.

After our new birth, believing in Jesus, we then begin to experience all the beautiful things that are promised to the children of God. One of these promises is suffering being used to help shape and mold us into Christlikeness. When we are in the broken world, we do not have anything to look forward to or a purpose for the suffering. Where as in Jesus Christ, we escape the corruption of this world. We get the ability to look forward to Jesus’ glorious return and enjoy the protection of God.

We have escaped the corruption of this world and the lack of offering from sin. When we are living in this world, only sinful pleasures can be offered that ultimately leave us disappointed and desiring more. Jesus offers us so much more then this world ever could. Jesus offers us something far more glorious and precious then anything this world ever could. We have eternal hope and glory to look forward to.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Pe 1:4). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. ellen

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