Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 11/06/2022
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You Can’t Get There From There
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” II Pet. 1:3
This is our starting point.
In contrast to all other religious forms in the world, we start at the place that everyone else is trying to get to.
However you wish to frame it; “born again,” Jn. 3:3 “received Christ,” Col. 2:6 “calls on the name of the Lord.” Act. 2:21 you were ushered into the family of God through regeneration. Tit 3:5. “Your sins are forgiven”; I Jn. 2:12; hidden by the blood of Jesus, I Jn, 1:7 never to be remembered again. Isa. 43:25 You stand righteous before Holy God. II Cor 5:21 and welcomed into His presence. Heb. 4:16
We were “grafted in” according to Rom. 11:17-24
The difficulty arises when we, as believers, seek to find right standing with God after being accepted. See Eph. 1:6
You can’t get to the place where you already are.
The only place left to go is back to where you were before.
This is similar to Satan offer Eve what she already possessed Gen 3:5
The children of Israel murmured and complained about this to Moses saying things like, “were there no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” Ex. 14:11
Once in Christ we may grow in areas like, maturity, knowledge of God, obedience, love of God, love to the saints, but we haven’t changed position. Our relationship with God is positional.
Finish reading II Pet. 1:4-11 with emphasis on verse. 9
Peter invokes the notion of “promises” verse. 4 knowing that God keeps His promises. And the assurance that we, “may be partakers in the divine nature”
In verse. 5-7 Peter supplies us with a partial list of virtues.
In verse. 8 I believe that it is appropriate to say that the word “if” can be translated “since” in the same way we understand Rom 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us”...God is for us!
But it goes on to speak of fruitfulness; something we all long for in our walk with the Lord. Not acceptance. We already have that; but fruitfulness.
Remember Jn. 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit…” Our fruit is for His glory!
In verse. 9 Peter returns to the original thought by saying that, if you haven’t been growing in these other things, it’s probable that you have, “forgotten that (you) he was cleansed from his old sins.”
We might rephrase, You have forgotten that you have been given everything pertaining to life and godliness.
The remedy is to, “be even more diligent”, because if you are you will, “never stumble” verse. 10
Who wants to stumble???
Verse. 11 is open for discussion :)
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