“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness,
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
2 Peter 1:2-4
What a blessing! These verses are full of God’s goodness. First of all, grace and peace multiplied because of our knowledge of God and Jesus. Grace and peace was ours upon salvation, but now a promise that it will be multiplied as we continue to get to know our God and Savior! As more about God is learned and as we spend more time in His presence, by the very nature of His character we will gain more grace and peace because His creation and sending of Jesus was and is all about grace and peace. He desires peace with us and peace within us. He reaches down with grace to reconcile us to Himself for relationship. That relationship then brings about more grace and peace!
Secondly, His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Wow! That’s a lot! Divine power is power above all others. It is ultimate power, and God uses that power to give us life (abundant and everlasting) and godliness (the ability to be holy – set apart for His glory). And this all comes once again through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence (That’s Jesus! Who was glorified through the resurrection and excelled in perfection even here on earth!) We see again that knowledge of God and Jesus is what leads us into this life and godliness! Know God, read His word, spend time with Him – here is peace and grace.
Lastly, is the promise that is ours upon salvation but that we must claim and grow in – to become partakers of the divine nature. Yes, at salvation we become partakers of the divine nature, but we do not want to stay a baby in the things of God. Only when we are transformed through God’s word do we escape the corruption that is in the world by lust and experience the precious and magnificent promises!