Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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June 6 – Having Escaped From The Corruption

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Pet. 1:2-4

Devotional Thought For The Day

What a beautiful prayer for all Christian people – that God’s grace and peace be “multiplied to you.” And so it has been, through His Word and His Sacraments – for this is God’s will and His gracious promise to us!  It is multiplied “in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” What enables us to truly know God and the Lord Jesus Christ “multiplies” God’s grace and peace to us. This must be His own Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible, and His blessed gifts of Baptism and His Supper. These alone reveal the true heart and love of God toward us.

There are other benefits and blessings “in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” We have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” These have not been gained by our own efforts, zeal, or spiritual ambition, but rather “His divine power has granted” all of these things to us – “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” It is all by God’s gracious love, blessing, and giving – and by His power alone. These also come to us solely by means of “the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.” This too is effected by His Word – “by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises.” Promises call for faith, plain and simple faith.

Those thus blessed with faith and knowledge of the incredible love, mercy, kindness, and grace of God are brought into a spiritual transformation.  “By them,” by means of these beautiful and blessed promises of God, we “become partakers of the divine nature.” This by no means asserts that we become “almighty, all-knowing, present everywhere, perfect, completely holy in our essence,” but rather that our hearts, minds, and souls are being renewed daily – through the knowledge of God and Jesus, especially that God is love. Having been saved and justified by God’s gracious gift of salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus, we have “escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”  “He that believes the Son has everlasting life.”

Those who are thus blessed [and it is difficult to fathom the full depth of this blessedness], participate in a new process, God’s new creation, and BY HIS POWER are adding “virtue” and “godliness” to their life of faith. Whoever renounces God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, and love, or who obscures the blessedness of His promises in any way, cannot be pursuing “virtue” and “godliness,” but rather darkens counsel, corrupts human hearts, and prevents God’s power from accomplishing His will in human lives. Such a person cannot be participating in this blessedness – he has rejected, renounced, and repudiated the very promises and knowledge of God which compel and accomplish this powerful transformation.  In so doing, they demonstrate that they are yet to “escape the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

This is the blessedness of Christ’s Church – to be enmeshed in God’s Word and Sacraments, His promises, growing always in the knowledge of His love and goodness, being transformed into His image [partakers of the divine nature], full of virtue and godliness.  All of this comes by “His divine power” to those who have been blessed with the gift of a true faith, one created, formed, and fashioned by God’s own Word and promises.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thanks and praise be to You for all that You have accomplished for us in Your suffering, death, and resurrection.  Thanks and praise for all that You continue to do for us through Your Word and promises – by Your own divine power. Grant that we understand how all things that pertain to life and godliness come to us – so that we immerse ourselves in Your Word and promises. Amen.