“Cleansed From The Past” (2 Peter 1: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans

God’s “divine power” gives us everything, writes Peter, that we need in order to have life and holiness. God gives us everything through knowledge of Him — that is, through our relationship with Him–and calls us to Himself “by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1: 3) In turn His glory and goodness allow us to “share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.”

God calls us. He supplies us with His own divine power and allows us to share in His divine nature. Therefore, says Peter, we should “make every effort to confirm [our] calling and election” (2 Peter 1: 10) We should “make every effort to supplement [our] faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1: 7)

As we confirm our election by living these qualities, we find that we remember that we are “cleansed from [our] past sins” and that we are not “useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1: 9, 8)

Don’t be “blind and shortsighted.” (2 Peter 1: 9)

Remember that Jesus Christ dies for you, that He lives forever to intercede for you, that He calls you with His own goodness and glory, provides you His divine power and grants you a portion of His glory and nature.

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