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. (2 Peter 1:4)
The Apostle Peter starts the chapter talking about the faith that we have now as believer's.
He calls it "precious faith."
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the
righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
(2 Peter 1:1)
And then he talks about the nature of the promises given to those with the precious faith.
As we read in the title verse-"very great and precious promises".
So we must not consider the promises given to us as believer's to be trivial. They are very
great and precious. Through them we can participate in the divine nature thus escaping
the corruption in the world. The Apostle states that the corruption in the world is due to
If we do not hold fast to the promises, we don't partake of the divine nature and fall prey
to evil desires of the world. This can either cause spiritual stagnation or destruction.
Many believer's are ineffective and unproductive because they care not to add certain
qualities to the precious faith that they have received. Regarding this Peter elaborates:For
this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness,
knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to
perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,
love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from
being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter
O My! Is this so important? Read Peter's exhortation and conclusion:
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if
you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the
eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10, 11)
A rich welcome awaits us provided we obey these words of exhortation. May the Lord help
us all to make our calling and election sure.