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14 December, 2023


Vs 3a - Life and Godliness


“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness,”  2 Pet 1:3a


A second point that also jumps out at us was first presented in verse one.  In verse one we were told explicitly that Jesus is “our God and Savior”.  Here we are told that Jesus changes us by His 'divine' power.  As God incarnate, Jesus has divine power.  Not just great power, but divine power.  Again, Peter confirms the divinity of Christ.  Jesus is not simply a 'prophet' or a 'good man'.  Jesus is God in flesh.


What does this passage tell us that God gives us?  He gives us 'everything pertaining to life and godliness'.  The word translated as 'life' in English is the Greek word “ζωὴν”.  It contains the idea of physical life.  This may refer to the fact that God is the giver of our physical lives.  It may more likely refer to the fact that, for those who are His children, He will give us an eternally living body at the resurrection.  This same Greek word is also used to describe “. . . the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, . . .” (Thayer, 1976, p. 273).  This 'fulness' (sic) implies a completeness and maturation of development that allows a person to be “blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,”  (Philippians 2:15).  This is  the 'fullness' that this psychological theory seeks to describe.


The word 'godliness' in our text is the Greek word 'εὐσέβειαν'.  This word will be discussed at great length below, as it is used to describe one of the major character qualities to be added in the lives of Christians.


Important in this discussion is the word 'everything'.  The Greek word 'πάντα' implies that all the needed resources for a mature spiritual life are made available to us as we increasingly come to know our Lord Jesus Christ.  We do not need to seek out other sources of wisdom.  We do not need to strive under various exercise regimes.  We do not have to give ourselves over to the widely diverse gurus we encounter in our world.  What we need to do is to continually draw closer to Jesus and allow His character to fill us up.