Pondering the Passages: 2 Peter 1:3-4
This Weeks Passage and Memory Verse (in red): 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
So this will be a bit different this week. Rather than making comments on the passage as I usually do, instead I am going to pose a bunch of questions that popped out in my mind as I was thinking through the text. I do have lots of thoughts about these questions and I WILL share them – but not in this context. It just so happens that I will be preaching this Sunday at our 9:45 Exalt Service and I will preach from this passage. So put your own thoughts into these questions and then on Sunday you can compare notes with me. (I feel pretty confident that I won’t be able to tackle ALL these on Sunday but I’ll have fun trying.)
From verse 3:
Have you experienced His divine power in your life?
Where do you get this divine power from?
Is there a way to tell if you have experienced His divine power in your life?
When Peter says that we have everything that we need – what does he mean by everything?
If we have everything, why do we seek to find satisfaction by filling our lives with other things?
How does Peter say we are to find the life that is truly life?
How is it that we attain knowledge of Him?
How do you know that you are one of the ones that God has called?
Why is it significant that God called us “by His own glory and goodness?”
From verse 4:
What did Peter think about God’s Word and His promises to us?
What is your attitude toward the Word of God?
How does God’s Word enable us to become more like Him (participate in the divine nature)?
How has the world been corrupted?
What are some of the evil desires of your heart?
Where do these evil desires come from?
And then as a bonus, here is a short list of some of my favorite “great and precious promises”:
- 1 John 2:25
- Acts 2:38-39
- Romans 8:28
- 1 John 1:9
- Jeremiah 29:11
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Philippians 4:6-7
- Isaiah 40:30-31
- John 15:7
- Matthew 11:28-30
- 2 Timothy 4:8
- Revelation 21:3-4
- Proverbs 37:4-5
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend. And here’s another promise to chew on… “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
I’m just sayin’!
Next Weeks Passage: Roman 8:1-8
Next Week’s Memory Verse: Romans 8:1