Wednesday, February 11

Continuing the study through 2 Peter 1, we considered the phrases describing believers as “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through evil desires.”

Primary heading: Spiritual growth rests in stabilizing realities

Two realities covered in these phrases:

  1. Spiritual growth produces fellowship with God’s moral nature
  2. Spiritual growth distinguishes the believer from the corrupt world

Key point – Being a partaker of the divine nature is more than you deserve.

Note that this does not mean we are  the divine nature. In other words, we do not become little gods running around.

“Through the impartation of a new nature by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit believers become ‘partakers’ or sharers in the moral nature of God, enabling spiritual communion with God. This new life with its new attitudes and dispositions is none other than ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.'” – Hiebert
Application: Revel in this reality. It will change your perspective on life!
Problem – We often allow an Eeyore mentality to overtake us due to the reality that we deal with the flesh. Balance that with the joyful reality that you fellowship with the moral perfections of God.
Here are a list of passages to help us meditate on this:
John 1:12-13
Galatians 2:20
Ephesians 4:23-24
Hebrews 3:14; 12:10
1 Peter 1:23
Romans 6 also describes our union with Christ and therefore death to sin.
This union occurs specifically through Christ. Paul uses several prepositional phrases to describe this union: “In” “Into” “With” and “Through”
The negative part is that we have “escaped.”
Escape = “successful flight from danger”
Corruption = “decomposition and implies the loathsomeness of decaying organisms. It conveys a picture of deterioration, dissolution, corruption, and ruin.”
World = realm of human activity devoid of God
Desire = 38 occurrences, 3 positive (Luke 22:15; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 2:17)
Source of the corruption is the evil passions of the human heart.
“Man becomes either regenerate or degenerate.”
POINT – YOU escaped because of the divine power of God operating in your life!
About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)

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