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After Peter opens his second letter with an apostolic greeting and blessing he drops this bit of wonderful:

For by these [His own glory and excellence] 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 1:4 NASB

Peter sets forth the consequences of two kinds of promises.

The promises given by Father and Jesus our Lord, and the promises made by our flesh.

The promises of God are precious.

They are magnificent.

When we embrace and believe them they lead to an impartation of God’s own nature taking root in our lives.

The other promises mentioned are the lusts of flesh which are underwritten by the lies of this world and it’s god.

Unfortunately, we are inundated by these lies everyday from every side. If you live in the “civilized” world, these liars surround us pressing on us to embrace their promises, to live life to the fullest, to have it all, to follow your heart, achieve your dream, grab the gusto.

These promises the flesh offers, of a brief but real splash of satisfaction, lead to corruption, decay, destruction. They lead to one end. Jesus referred to it in as “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matt 25:41)

The contrast couldn’t be more stark.

The promises of God conform us to the image of Christ. They take what is true in our spirit and work it out in our whole life. When you received Jesus, when you surrendered your life to Him, according to the promises of God, you became a son of God. (John 1:12, Romans 8:14)

A rabbit trail about being a son…I know it would be more PC for me to say child of God, but in the days the New Testament was written, a daughter would usually not receive an inheritance. She might take a dowry into a marriage, but her future inheritance would come through her husband. So when Paul writes to Rome and tells us we have become sons of God, it was because sons can be heirs. He knew he was writing to men and women as clearly demonstrated by his greetings at the end of the book where he mentions at least three women by name. But he called them sons, so they would understand that men and women in Christ receive the same inheritance!…end of rabbit trail.

The inheritance we receive in Him is not shared, its joint. We don’t get a portion of what the Father gave Jesus, we are joint heirs. This means that everything that the Father gave Jesus is ours by right of inheritance.

So what did the Father give Jesus? (I know you know this, but just because it is so precious and magnificent, I’m going to make it plain.) EVERYTHING!

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He [the Holy Spirit] takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:15 NASB

Here’s how this works.

You meditate on the precious and magnificent promises and you see what God has already done in your. Your spirit rises up and witnesses to your heart that theses things are true. Your life begins to reflect the truth in your daily walk. You look more like Jesus today because you embraced one of Father’s precious and magnificent promises.

And with each step into your true nature, that inheritance you share with Jesus, you look more like Him. Your life looks like His life. If John’s disciples sent a messenger to you, you could tell them:

the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. - Matthew 11:5 NASB

Now that looks like Jesus!

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Ben

Deb brings up a great questions about God’s promises:

God’s promises: When He has made a promise to a person or people, are we out of line to claim it for ourselves?

I love this question.

So let me rephrase it: Are all God’s promises for all God’s people?

Clearly that is a stretch. For instance – Sarah was promised a child, but I am pretty sure that if some other woman got up close they could not claim Sarah’s child. In fact Hagar tried (ok – I know the whole thing was Sarah’s idea) but in effect they tried to transfer the child of promise over to Hagar and that did not turn out so well.

Now, let’s talk about some of God’s promises to Israel? Are God’s promises to Israel transferable to the Church?

For example is the promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 valid for the Church today?

Hmmm

If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

I thought I would include the conditions with this from verse 13.

First of all, I believe that it is really good for God’s people (Christians or Jews) humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from wickedness, He will hear, and forgive, and heal their land.

But I also recognize this is a little out of context.

Is God judging today? Is He lifting His hand of blessing?

Or is this true?

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:18-19

I guess I wonder if God can both judge unbelievers at the same time He is not counting their trespasses against them?

Now I do count the New Testament promises as for me, you know, the ones Jesus (you know I love the red letters) made – like:

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. ~ John 14:12-14

That one is mine, but I am willing to share with you if you like.

I do have a couple other verses to toss in this discussion mix:

For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:20

 

...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. 4* For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4

Oh - one more thing just for the record Israel or "My People" does not necessarily mean The USA

You may ask – Ben, why aren’t you walking in the same power Jesus did? Well – I can tell you for sure the problem is not at His end.

Will you ponder this with me? What do you think about any of this?

BenThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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