God has given us all things for life and godliness [draft sermon outline]
Published September 23rd, 2020
2 Peter 1:3-4
Confirm Your Calling and Election 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him f who called us to 1 his own glory and excellence, 2 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become g partakers of the divine nature, h having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 Ὡς πάντα ἡμῖν τῆς θείας δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ τὰ πρὸς ζωὴν καὶ εὐσέβειαν δεδωρημένης διὰ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ καλέσαντος ἡμᾶς ἰδίᾳ δόξῃ καὶ ἀρετῇ, 4 διʼ ὧν τὰ τίμια καὶ μέγιστα ἡμῖν ἐπαγγέλματα δεδώρηται, ἵνα διὰ τούτων γένησθε θείας κοινωνοὶ φύσεως ἀποφυγόντες τῆς ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἐν ἐπιθυμίᾳ φθορᾶς.
God has given us all things for life and godliness Intro The difference that it makes to know that you already have all you need. How it protects us (e.g., protects us from false teaching suggesting we need 'more'). 1. We're given all this through knowing Jesus (v3) all things that pertain to life and godliness; cf 2 timothy 3.15-17 v3 through the knowledge of him, i.e., Jesus (cf v2, or 3.18); he's called us to join his glory and 'virtue' (same word coming up in the list in a few verses). Through knowing Jesus, we grow in grace, having all we need for life and godliness - which includes putting on Jesus' own character, virtue, and ultimately sharing in his glory. Application : Since all this hinges on 'the knowledge' of him, what do we actually mean? 2. Jesus has given us magnificent promises, which guarantee our future (v4) v4 through which things; i.e., through his glory and virtue/excellence (the display of divine power and divine acts - 1 Peter 2.9 ) ...he's given us his precious and 'magnificent' promises 'through them' - through the promises - become sharers, partakers; 'Peter does not mean that man is absorbed into deity but rather that they who partake of Christ will partake of the glory to be revealed' having escaped corruption; sense of rottenness, decay. Internal dissolution/corruption (rather than sudden external judgement) in the world because of 'desire of corruption/decay' we're given all things that pertain to life and godliness... through the knowledge of the one who called us to his own glory and excellence ...by his glory and excellence he has given us his magnificent and precious promises ...in order that through them you might become sharers in the divine nature ...having escaped from the world in desire of corruption/decay Glory of God: He's a giver. Given us all things for life and godliness; given us his great promises; shares his life with us. FCF : Desire of corruption. The inner human decay. H1. Civilisation is a veneer. The return to ancient pagan forms of brokenness. E.g., The mainstream-ness of porn. H2. Selfish desire for gain, approval, significance, comfort. cf the apparent respectability of Judas, Pilate, Herod, the high priest. E.g., The covert pandemic of porn. Person of Jesus: He is the one who comes calling us, calling us out of darkness and into his light. He pursues all that the Father has given him. He is the one who repeats and affirms the promises, making them yet more sure. He himself is the giver of life, since he has life 'in himself'; so come to Jesus and you have life. Work of Jesus: He is the one who rescues us from corruption. We didn't escape, he rescued us. Two senses of 'escape'. He rescued us by giving himself into the depths of the evil of the 'desire of corruption'. Union with Jesus: Now Jesus rules in heaven as the guarantee that we've escaped corruption in him; the guarantee that in him we share in God's life. Without becoming deity ourselves, we really become part of the family. Repent ( confrontation ): leave aside ways of covert desire of corruption. See it for what it is. That is not the life you have through knowing Jesus. Believe ( invitation ): Come and share in a life which is 'precious and magnificent', one which never will end. One in which you've already been given all you need. Believe ( consolation ): Know that God has already given what you need and what you will need. Know that Jesus came calling for you because he loves you and wants you to be with him where he is. Application : Worked example of his 'precious and very great promises' guaranteeing our future. Wrap-up We thank you, heavenly Father, for giving us all things for life and godliness through knowing your dear Son, Jesus. Give us power from your Spirit to grow in grace, to keep putting on the life which is ours in Jesus.