“By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. 2 PETER 1:4
There are a number of things we can learn about the promises of God, not the least being the fact that He made them out of His free volition. No one ever put a pressure on God to exact a promise. The second observation flows from the first; that is, because God gave the promises willingly, He will freely bring them to pass. Understandably, we can appreciate what Paul said when he described the promises of God as “yes and amen”. God’s faithfulness makes it a moral obligation for Him to come through in whatever He promised.
There are two other things we can say concerning the promises of God, drawing from the text of Scripture before us. The promises of God are described as “exceedingly great and precious”. Well, we do not expect anything less from Him because He is an exceedingly great God. The Psalmist affirmed that God alone does great things. Apart from being great and precious, the promises of God are many, covering every area of life. The final note on God’s promises, and an important one at that, is the purpose of God for giving them. We are all too quick to appropriate the promises of God for good health, good job, good marriage, and a host of other good things of life. While these are desirable, we must know that God has a bigger picture in mind for these promises. Our text shows that God wants us to share in His divine nature; that is the reason He gave the promises. If we covet the promises to enjoy all earthly blessing but failed to share in His nature, we shortchange ourselves.
FURTHER STUDY: HEBREWS 6:1-12
PRAYER: Father, transform me into Your image through Your rich promises.