“Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” – 2nd Peter 1:4b
Who says you’ll ‘never get away with it?’ That was the phrase my big brother would use after he found out I was snooping in his room. I would hear him coming and hide behind the door so after he walked in I’d run for my life and think I had escaped. Instead of chasing me he would threaten with “I’ll get you, you’ll never get away with it.” He was right. Eventually, I’d find myself pinned to the floor begging for mercy with the unintentional promise of, “I’ll never do it again”.
Our salvation continues to preserve us until Glory, we have the promises of God that allow us to be partakers of the divine nature. It’s an account that contains everything we need that pertains to life and godliness and a glimpse of what awaits us in Heaven. Another benefit is that we finally get away with something. The blood of Jesus has made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and the enemy can’t make us pay for them. Unlike my big brother who eventually evened the score and made me pay for my transgression against him, the forgiveness extended to through Christ gives us mercy and grace. It’s the great escape.
Peter starts off his second epistle with a truth that should give us a grateful heart and cause us to devote ourselves to God. Verses 3 and 4 tell us “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, 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”. Escaped is the key word, no longer held down with the burden of our sin. Our fate was set, but because of the work Jesus did on the cross, we’ve escaped.
When we understand this and comprehend the cost of our salvation, we no longer should desire to continue to sin but grieve it when we choose to do it. Paul asks and answers this question in Romans 6, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
Our identity in Christ and belief that we are who He says we are gives us “Victory in Jesus.” We walk in truth, becoming a sweet smelling aroma to those who desire a relationship with our Father. These truths help to give us a perspective that cause us to become overcomers in Christ. The struggles we face today are instruments for our good. The 1st chapter of 2nd Peter goes on to instruct us to build. The encouragement in verse 10 seals it, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble”.
So take a moment in prayer to God and be reminded of the benefits that come with being a child of the King. Amen?
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me.” – Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials. 1 Peter 1:6