As a preacher, I often look back on my journal and ask, “will that preach?” It was clearly important to me so maybe it will be important to someone else. And if it will preach, will it take more than one sermon to really dig deep and get as much out of it as possible?
There are so many passages of scripture that contain so much that it’s really worth stopping and camping out for a little while to soak it all in. That’s what we’re going to be doing through a particular passage, but don’t worry, it won’t be as long as a sermon!
We’re going to camp out a little while in 2 Peter 1:3-9. I’ve provided it below in the Common English Bible translation, the translation I am currently reading through.
2 Peter 1:3-9 By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. 4 Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.
5 This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. 8 If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins.
Anytime one of the writers of the New Testament goes into listing off characteristics worth pursuing it’s usually a sign we need to tune in. And we will! Just not in this blog post. I just wanted to give a quick overview of why we’re going to dig deeper here and what this all has to do with the supernatural.
I’m guessing as you read through these characteristics it can seem overwhelming, even dauntingly impossible. At the same time, you deeply desire to possess these qualities, and more importantly to experience a knowledge of God that enables us to be fruitful in our relationship with him.
It’s important to not miss the first words Peter offers us in this passage: By his divine power… You simply can’t read those words and not recognize that anything requiring God’s divine power is beyond our ability to reach! Thankfully Peter goes on: … the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Not only does it require God’s divine power, he gives it and we possess all we need to for life and godliness.
So when it comes to that list, don’t fret or stress. It isn’t in your power to attain those qualities, but it is in God’s power to supernaturally transform you into the person who does.
We’re going to dig deeper into those qualities to explore what God does supernaturally in us and how that will effect us.