2 Peter 1:4 - God's Power Gives Us the Ability to Live Godly Lives.

2Pe.1:4; God's Power Gives Us the Ability to Live Godly Lives.


2 Peter 1:4 (NLT)  And because of his glory and excellence, he 
has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises 
that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's 
corruption caused by human desires.  


2 Peter 1:4 (CWR)  Because He is good, He has given us many 
precious promises through which we may participate in His divine power to 
live above the evil, lustful desires of this world.  


Exceeding great ... promises. Textual evidence may be cited for 
the following word order: "the precious and exceedingly great 
promises." The word for "promises" (epaggelmata), occurring only here and 
in ch. 3:13 in the NT, may be translated "promised blessings," 
referring to the fulfillment of the promises rather than simply to the 
promises as such. It doubtless refers to all the divine assurances that 
are fulfilled in a man's salvation. But, in view of Peter's later 
usage (ch. 3:13), the word may have special reference to the second 
coming and its attendant glory, in which event all divine promises find 
satisfying fulfillment. [SDA Commentary] 

Divine nature. Does not indicate that Christians become divine 
in any sense, but only that we are indwelt by God through his Holy 
Spirit. [NIV SB] 

Divine nature. Adam was created "in the image of God" (Gen. 
1:27), but sin came, and the divine image was marred. Christ came to 
restore that which was lost, and the Christian may therefore expect to 
have the divine image restored in his soul (2 Cor. 3:18; Heb. 3:14). 
This possibility should ever be before the believer's eyes to 
stimulate him to perfect Christ-likeness. He will attain to this goal to 
the extent that he accepts and uses the powers latent in the 
spiritual gifts Christ has made available to him. The transformation 
begins at the new birth and continues until Christ's appearing (1 John 
3:2). [SDA Commentary] 

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to 
become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be 
participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there 
must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man 
Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy 
Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, 
and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made like 
God. "God is love"; we become love--"He that loveth is born of God." 
God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true: God is 
good, and he makes us good by his grace, so that we become the pure in 
heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers of the divine 
nature in even a higher sense than this--in fact, in as lofty a sense as 
can be conceived, short of our being absolutely divine. Do we not 
become members of the body of the divine person of Christ? Yes, the 
same blood which flows in the head flows in the hand: and the same 
life which quickens Christ quickens his people, for "Ye are dead, and 
your life is hid with Christ in God." Nay, as if this were not 
enough, we are married unto Christ. He hath betrothed us unto himself in 
righteousness and in faithfulness, and he who is joined unto the Lord is one 
spirit. Oh! marvellous mystery! We look into it, but who shall 
understand it? One with Jesus--so one with him that the branch is not more 
one with the vine than we are a part of the Lord, our Saviour, and 
our Redeemer! While we rejoice in this, let us remember that those 
who are made partakers of the divine nature will manifest their high 
and holy relationship in their intercourse with others, and make it 
evident by their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the 
corruption that is in the world through lust. O for more divine holiness of 
life! [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

Having escaped. "to flee away from," implying, not a rescue in 
which the Christian is a passive object, but an active flight from 
evil. This stresses an important truth: the believer is not saved in 
sin, but is given power to turn from sin, to escape from its clutches 
and thus to live free from its corrupting influence. The tense of 
the verb, "having fled away from," shows that the sharing in the 
divine nature can come only after the Christian has fled from the 
corruption. [SDA Commentary] 

Through lust. The expression may be interpreted "by lust," 
making lust the source of the evil that is in the world, or, "in lust," 
making lust the sphere in which the evil manifests itself. Rom. 7:7. 
[SDA Commentary] 


Christ Our Example

Christ came to fight the battles as man, in man's behalf. His 
temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern; man 
must become a partaker of the divine nature. In Christ, divinity and 
humanity were combined. Divinity was not degraded to humanity; divinity 
held its place, but humanity, by being united to divinity, withstood 
the fiercest test of temptation in the wilderness.... He withstood the 
temptation, through the power that man may command. He laid hold on the 
throne of God, and there is not a man or woman who may not have access 
to the same help through faith in God. Man may become a partaker of 
the divine nature; not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of 
Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to reveal the source of His 
power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.... 
Christ came to be our example, and to make known to us that we may be 
partakers of the divine nature.... Christ, by His own example, made it 
evident that man may stand in integrity. Men may have a power to resist 
evil--a power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master; a 
power that will place them where they may overcome as Christ overcame. 
Divinity and humanity may be combined in them (RH Feb. 18, 1890).  

In Christ God pledges himself to come under obligation to 
mankind, if man will comply with the conditions.  "Take my yoke upon 
you," he says, "and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and 
ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my 
burden is light." God purposes to yoke up with human instrumentalities. 
This must be a work of co-operation; for how can two walk together, 
except they be agreed?  RH 08-28-00 

The Holy Spirit Plays a Part

Christ's humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for 
the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to 
make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to 
Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the 
hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity 
of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.  DA123 

Through believing the promise of the Gospel, God implants His 
own divine nature in us, and we experience a flood of spiritual 
power. In knowing Christ, we have everything we need to "escape the 
corruption in the world" that is caused by "evil desires."  The one thing a 
Christian is not is powerless. But we may not realize the nature of God's 
power, or why it is given to us. We are not given power to succeed in 
business, or power to become popular. We are given power to live godly 
lives.  If you and I concentrate on living godly lives, we will find we 
have power aplenty. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

These "precious promises" have a purifying effect on the 
believer's life (cf. 1 John 3:3). Conversion involves a definite break with 
the corruption caused by evil desire. In coming to know God through 
Christ, not only do believers escape the corruption of sin, but also 
Christ renews and restores the divine image in them. [Believer's SB] 

Satan had claimed that it was impossible for man to obey God's 
commandments; and in our own strength it is true that we cannot obey them. But 
Christ came in the form of humanity, and by His perfect obedience He 
proved that humanity and divinity combined can obey every one of God's 
precepts.  "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12. This 
power is not in the human agent. It is the power of God. When a soul 
receives Christ, he receives power to live the life of Christ.  

Faith works by love ... Through faith the Holy Spirit finds 
access to the heart, and creates holiness therein. Man cannot become an 
agent to work the works of Christ unless he is in communion with God 
through the Holy Spirit. We can be fitted for heaven only through a 
transformation of character; we must have Christ's righteousness as our 
credentials, if we would find access to the Father. We must be partakers of 
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the 
world through lust. We must daily be transformed by the influence of 
the Holy Spirit; for it is the work of the Holy Spirit to elevate 
the taste, to sanctify the heart, to ennoble the whole man, by 
presenting to the soul the matchless charms of Jesus.  BEcho 02-15-93 

God's Word Plays a Part

By what means did He overcome in the conflict with Satan?--By 
the word of God. Only by the word could He resist temptation. "It is 
written," He said. And unto us are given "exceeding great and precious 
promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having 
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."[4 2 PETER 
1:4.] Every promise in God's word is ours. "By every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God" as we to live. When assailed by 
temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the 
power of the word. All its strength is yours. DA123 

The Saviour overcame to show man how he may overcome.  All the 
temptations of Satan, Christ met with the word of God. By trusting in God's 
promises, He received power to obey God's commandments, and the tempter 
could gain no advantage. To every temptation His answer was, "It is 
written." So God has given us His word wherewith to resist evil.  MH181 

The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in 
the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every 
command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it 
brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It TRANSFORMS the nature 
and re-creates the soul in the IMAGE of God.  ED126 

The Bible is the garden of God, and as we see the lovely flowers 
of promise, we should gather them to our souls, for "exceeding 
great and precious promises" have been given unto us, that by these we 
might become partakers of the divine nature, ST 02-08-92 

If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the 
promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There 
are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will 
tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will 
often be the prelude to their fulfilment. While you are musing upon 
them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many 
a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favour 
which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has 
been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he 
was led to lay the promise near his heart.  
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to 
receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, "If 
I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully consider 
the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. 
So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon 
the greatness of the mercy--that may stagger me; as upon the 
greatness of the promiser--that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy 
God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of his which 
thou art now considering is as true as his own existence. He is a God 
unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of his mouth, 
nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth he lack 
any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has 
spoken thus. Nor can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will 
bestow the favours, for he knoweth when it is best to give and when 
better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so 
true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the 
promise." If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the 
Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their 
fulfilment. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

There are many hundreds of thousands of books in the Library of 
Congress in Washington, D.C.  Books on countless subjects, by countless 
people over hundreds of years.  Some of those writings have been the 
seed bed for philosophies, political parties, religious movements and 
more. The writers have come and gone; most are no longer remembered.  
God's Word is remembered because it IS His Word, and it WORKS.  The 
sad thing is, many of us don't pay any more attention to God's Word 
than to any other book. In the Bible are the tools to enable every 
believer to lead a victorious life.  But day after day, the Bible sits 
unopened.  We must take that Word, read it, think about it and so devour 
it that it feeds us. Memorize it! That Word transforms our thoughts 
and actions.  Christian, take it today and feed on it and put it in 
your heart, that you might not sin against Almighty God, and partake 
of the victorious life!  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 


If we are to escape the contaminating influences of this 
degenerate age, we have earnest work before us, and we must have a living 
connection with Christ. We must have a knowledge of his life and character, 
and a desire to be like him. Then we must seek earnestly to overcome 
the temptations that are around us, and have faith to believe that 
his promises will be verified unto us.  RH 12-01-85 

By constantly contemplating heavenly themes, our faith and love 
will grow stronger. Our prayers will be more and more acceptable to 
God, because they will be more and more mixed with faith and love. 
They will be more intelligent and fervent.... The more our thoughts are 
upon Christ, the more we shall speak of Him to others, and represent 
Him to the world. 3BC1145 

By beholding we become changed. If you allow your mind to dwell 
upon the imperfections and moral deformities of others, you will be 
changed into the same image. You will become deformed in character, and 
mentally one-sided and unbalanced. Let the mind dwell upon the perfect 
life of Christ. If the thoughts are centered upon him, and the 
conversation is on heavenly themes, you will be "changed into the same image 
from glory to glory." You will become "partakers of the divine 
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through 
lust."  ST 05-08-84 

If we are to be a blessing we must renew our spiritual strength 
daily; we must be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the 
corruption that is in the world through lust.  5T419