2 Peter 1:2-4 – Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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.
Before you go any further today, take note of 2 Peter 1:10. It is amazing, astounding, and awesome. It says, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” How would you like to live your life in that community; that place where you could never fall? The term “fall” in the Greek (from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) means to never “trip, that is, (figuratively) to err, sin, fail (of salvation): – fall, offend, stumble.” That, my dear friend, is a spectacular place to live.
And that is precisely the place in which one can eternally live, beginning now in this present life, if the orderly diligence about which I’ve been writing is followed. So many people have believed for too long that much of what the Lord provided to us through His redemptive work has been put off until after this present life, when in fact, far more of it belongs to us now that most, if not all of us, have ever learned. Sometimes the songs we have sung, though well-meaning in their origin, and perhaps leaving us emotionally uplifted, have been unknowingly misleading. For instance, many songs have been written about our crossing the Jordan with the implication that crossing the Jordan means going to heaven, and that Canaan land is heaven. That’s simply not Biblical truth. Remember that when the children of Israel crossed the Jordan, they still had a lot of fighting to do to possess the promised land. Dear one, when we go to heaven, there will be no fighting. And furthermore, heaven will not be our eternal home. We’ll only be there for seven years, and then we’re coming back to the earth for the millennial reign with Jesus. after that we will ultimately have a new heaven and a new earth. My beloved fellow laborer, we need to study the Word of God and come to a mature believer’s understandi8ng of who we are, what we’re doing here, what belongs to us here, and how to live in the authority we have in this present life. The Word of God is absolutely true. Our traditions often betray us and leave us in a seemingly powerless estate. Look again at the Orderly Diligence of our current study. The best is yet to come.
Manna for Today – 2 Peter 1:1-15; Proverbs 4:20-23; Joshua 1:6-9; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 3 John 2; Jeremiah 29:11