from Lynda Lindsey
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…
II Peter 1:3
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:10-11
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder… II Peter 1:12-13
Something deemed precious or dear is considered to be an asset of incalculable value, a resource worthy of being cherished and revered, not something to be wasted or treated carelessly. Peter understands, and wants us to understand, the incalculable value of knowing Christ personally and appropriating and applying Christ’s precious promises to our life. In Christ we are partakers of the divine nature and have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness; once we begin to live by God’s Spirit, the perishable, worldly things that once were valuable to us begin to lose their luster.
Faith, not works, saves us; we begin, and continue, the Christian life by faith. Once saved, however, it’s our responsibility to work out our salvation by developing our Spirit given gifts and to cooperate with His purpose of conforming us to Jesus’ image. As a fire is stirred to keep the flame hot, Peter stirs up believers that we might be firmly established in truth and become fruitful and effective kingdom citizens able to withstanding false teaching. Peter urges us to diligently confirm our calling by being doers of the Word, constantly practicing, and continually adding, godly character traits.
Peter reminds us that his words are trustworthy, for he personally witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration; Peter heard God proclaim Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. Soon to face martyrdom, Peter spurs us on to faithfulness: grow strong in love, in knowledge of the Lord, and in His truth. Don’t stumble; don’t fall. Be steadfast, thereby receiving the promised heavenly reward, eternal life with Jesus and all the saints. Jesus is precious and dear; His worth is incalculable. Jesus is truth. The question remains: Is Jesus your truth? Are you established in Him? Jesus welcomes seekers; seek Him now!