Happy New Year, friends. We can’t wait to spend another year with you. To kick off 2020, we’ve pulled your favorite posts out of the vault. Enjoy them again (or for the first time) with our “Best of” series all month long.
In today’s post, our friend Betsy walks us through 1 Peter 1:1-4.
Prepare your mind to receive the knowledge provided by the Word of God. Make sure that your heart is ready to treasure it and your feet are ready to put it into practice.
As you read, here are two questions to consider:
- How can I apply God’s Truth in my own life?
- How does 2 Peter help me to reflect the gospel?
It’s our prayer that God can generate in you a thirst for His Word through this series and that you learn to apply what you learn. Ready? Let’s read the Bible together!
Grab your Bible and turn to 2 Peter 1:1–4. We’ve also listed the verses below for you.
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 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.
First Things First
Peter identifies himself as a “servant and apostle.” Pay attention to the order he uses. First, he presents himself as one who is at the disposal of his master by his own will and then as one who has been sent with full authority of Jesus Christ. Let’s stop there and consider our lives in light of Peter’s description.
Is our service to Christ the first thing we think about when describing ourselves?
Are we followers of of Christ above all things?
Peter addresses his letter to “those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” In 2 Peter 3:1, he writes, “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder.” Peter was referring to the believers he wrote to in his first letter (1 Peter). If you, like Peter, have received faith through the work of Christ, without a doubt this letter is for you.
When Peter says “a faith of equal standing,” he is reminding us that we are a valued part of God’s team. In God there is no favoritism. We are one in Him. What a privilege it is to have received such a precious gift!
Growing in Faith
In 2 Peter 1:2–3 there is a word that Peter repeats. Do you see it? If so, go ahead and circle or highlight it in your Bible.
Knowledge. Peter is writing about more than physics or philosophy. It’s not about accumulating purely intellectual information or storing all the biblical data in your brain. The type of knowledge Peter refers to is how a husband knows his wife or the knowledge a mother has of her child. It is a close and intimate relationship. The goal of knowing God’s Word is to know Jesus. Biblical knowledge comes from a close relationship with God, from accepting and believing His Truth in your heart and then living according to it.
The result of knowing Jesus intimately is direct access to everything you need to please Him.
I wish I could come through this screen and get to where you are to tell you this is the time to dedicate yourself to getting to know your Savior! When we have eyes to see everything we have received, we realize there’s no other logical answer than to immerse ourselves in the knowledge of the One who has given us everything. Take advantage of these years while you’re young to make this your purpose.
What do you need to grow in your relationship with God? The answers are saved for you in the Word of God. Through Christ, you have unlimited access to the resources of heaven to please God. It starts with opening your Bible.
Remember the Promises
In verse 4, Peter reminds us that we have received precious and very great promises that when they are believed help us escape from worldly desires. Where are these promises? In the Word of God! How can you grow in godliness? By believing the promises of God every day. By clinging to them, putting them in your mind constantly, and saying them out loud. God’s promises will refuel the tank of your spiritual engine so you can escape from the corruption of the world.
One day we will be face to face with the Savior. We will not have to flee from sin. We will only run in one direction—to His arms. That is a sure promise you can cling to today.
- Is your knowledge of God characterized by an intimate relationship or by head knowledge only?
- What do you need to grow in your Christian life? Take a moment to pray and ask God.