2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Fruitful Growth in the Faith
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter’s Approaching Death
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,
This has been a boon for me in my walk. Not that other passages haven't. But this one in particular has reminded me of a number of things.
Verse 3--- His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the know of him who has called us by his glory and virtue.
I suppose I should say up front, I am a retired craftsman. I was union trained, and plied a profession for numerous years prior to my cancer stopping me in my tracks. And as a professional craftsman, I am also a tool junky. I love tools. It's a good thing I don't have a large back account, because I still see tools I'd love to have, for the myriads of ideas I have for projects. And thankfully, I have a wife who has a mind to make sure I don't go hogwild on my "toy" list. Yes.... to me tools are toys. And I love playing in the toy crib......
This unstoppable force, against an immovable object did not however go unresolved..... Turns out I was just re-routed.
I learned after year of college, during, and following my recovery, that God does things in a manner that will achieve his purposes in our lives.
God giving us all things that pertain to life and godliness..... I am reminded of the idea of having a well-stocked, fully provided tool box.
Think in terms of a tool box that makes the really nice Snap-on, or Matco, or Craftsman boxes look like kid's playboxes.
The resources at our disposal for the Jesus follower is astonishing.
Every single possible tool we could ever need--- Jesus has provided it to us.
And for those tools, there are always a tool here or there that I'll look at and think--- now what on earth is that for? And of course, there's always somebody, somewhere, who has experience using that one-off tool that I'd never seen before, but thought would be cool to have.
I've learned something about those tools--- in finding someone to show me how to use it, I realized that Jesus told us---
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
As well as
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
I.e., The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He's here, to guide, instruct, lead, direct, and develop our understanding, so we can know when, where, how, and why to apply the tools that we're given, from Peter's statement----
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the know of him who has called us by his glory and virtue.
So...... don't think that hiding in the wilderness--- regardless of how beautiful it may well be--- is going to give you an edge that you won't have here in civilization.
What does Solomon tell us about iron sharpening iron? Going out to the wilderness will not give you opportunities to share the gospel, or increase in godliness.
Grace and Peace is increased to us through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
This is only possible through readying, prayer, fellowship, and telling others about Jesus.