Exceeding great and precious promises:
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:1-4
These exceeding great and precious promises are out inheritance. They are the promises set aside for every born-again child of God. We access them because of our like precious faith in God's word according to second Peter 1:1.
These promises are precious because of the price Jesus paid for him. They were bought by the precious blood of Christ the Lamb of God.
What they provide is beyond comparison to anything offered by the world and its system. Jesus, who was in heaven, came to earth and brought heaven to us. That is why they are so precious.
These promises cover every aspect of the believer’s life. They embrace every need in every circumstance of life. Peter said that we escape the corruption that came as a result of the fall. This corruption means ruin, wickedness, perversion, destruction, depravity, loss and lack that is in the world around us. It exists through lust or the natural carnal desire of unregenerate men.
The days in which we live are becoming more difficult to live for those who are not in a covenant relationship with God, but we have escaped them, having been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.
When we take on salvation, God changed our nature. His nature became our nature. The Bible tells us that we are partakers of his divine nature. This means that God's qualities or attributes became ours. The Bible says that we were born again by the incorruptible seed... by the word of God. Seed produces fruit after its own kind. We can therefore honestly say that as he is, so are we in this world (see 1 John 4:17).
When we embrace these precious promises sound in his word concerning our inheritance, the very life and nature of God is released into our lives to bring the results he promised.
This release knows no time constraints. It can be instantaneous or it can be in accord with the kind of seed that is sown. Every species has its own gestation period, but the very instant it is sown germination commences.
Many people do not understand the processes whereby these exceeding great and precious promises are manifest. As a result, they often elude them. We do not necessarily need to know how it happens... only that it works, because God said so. In Mark 4:27 where Jesus had been teaching about the principles of the Kingdom and the law of seedtime and harvest, he said that the seed should spring up and grow and we do not know how it happens.
The secret for us is to embrace these principles of God and practice them. Understanding follows.
We would do well to believe what the angel told Mary when he told her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. He said, "With God (the word), nothing shall be impossible."