In my time of solitude and scripture meditation in preparation for Resurrection day this week I was brought back to what I believe is the most amazing statement of our reality by a disciple.
In 2 Peter 1:3-4 Peter writes:
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Think about how often we have been told that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us now. Resurrection Power! Though we have been told that we seem to focus every year on the “new life” aspect of Easter and the fact that we will never die. But what about the here & now? Does Christ resurrection offer us anything for NOW! Peter boldly proclaims absolutely! How about EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS! What is left out of everything? Nada!
Drilling down in this verse we see there is a requirement for having the power that gives us everything we need for life and godliness- KNOWLEDGE!
So Peter makes it pretty clear knowledge of Christ equals power.
Now if the Word of God to to you is more than a good read or an occasional truth for life but God’s truth for all of life then I am going to want all the knowledge I can handle of the Trinue God so I can walk in His divine power to live and live a godly life.
So what is the HOW of knowing God? We know the Trinue God by ABIDING. We abide by being in relationship with another. When we are in a constant, intimate relationship with another we begin to KNOW them more and more at a deep level and to a large extent we take on some of their characteristics for the good and bad.
Now what totally rocks my world is the next verses 5-8.
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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, 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.
The manifestation of the divine power is not more worldly influence but fruit and virtue in accordance with the character of Christ. Our power and prosperity from knowing Christ is the fruit of the Spirit. But as Matthew 6:33 states when we SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM we not only get His fruit and righteousness but as needed worldly influence comes along not because we are a CEO of a large company(which we may be) or have fortune but because we have the aroma of Christ oozing from the Fruit of His Spirit.
So again we are drawn back to the MEANS of KNOWING and ABIDING as Jesus modeled in the New Testament. A routine of daily exercise. Deep times in the Word reading and listening in submission to the Holy Spirit, Prayer that involves as much listening as speaking and to listen well you must be silent and in a time of solitude. These are just the basic exercises for guidance and direction. This is the way we change our thoughts and feelings and choices we make in life to align with God’s will. There are many others that are in the archives of this ministry blog that you can access anytime.
So why do I want to acquire the Knowledge of Christ to manifest His character and power? To boast? NO-to live the life of abundance that Jesus desires for His children so as to make a difference in this world abandoning our self-centerdness and control and living for others first in the midst of God’s will for our lives.
The power of the resurrection is a life of humility, denying self and living in His will day by day as we abide.
Now this is not what we learn living day by day and is a posture we resist because it is not our nature and look at the result living for ourselves has brought upon us, external happiness and internal emptiness.
Jesus has provided your way forward, His power awaits. Do you have the courage to rise from your mediocre life this Easter?