The Purpose of God’s Promises


According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Peter1:3-4)

God has given us everything that we need to live a godly life. There is no issue that is not addressed in His Word. Whatever need, problem, or desire we have, God’s Word has the answer.  Sometimes, we can be guilty of using God’s Word in vain. There are times when we ask God to fulfill His precious promises in our lives, but our requests go unanswered. James tells us this is “because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

But let’s look at what Peter says to us in today’s passage. He says that God has given us great AND precious promises – not only are they wonderful promises but they are worthy to be cherished and handled with care. And why has God given us these promises? Peter says, so that we may be “partakers of the divine nature” because we have “escaped from ” the corruption that exists in this sinful world. God instructs us how to live a godly life so that we do not get “caught up” in the web sin ever again. He has given us His promises so we can become more like Him, glorifying Him in our lives more and more each day. His promises are not for us to acquire more things or to be better than the next person. No. They are for His glory — it’s ALWAYS for His Glory.

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