The Sufficiency of Scripture for Life and Godliness 2 Peter 1:1-4 -- By: George E. Meisinger

Journal: Chafer Theological Seminary Journal
Volume: CTSJ 01:2 (Summer 1995)
Article: The Sufficiency of Scripture for Life and Godliness 2 Peter 1:1-4
Author: George E. Meisinger


The Sufficiency of
Scripture for Life and Godliness
2 Peter 1:1-4

George E. Meisinger*

[*Editor's note: George Meisinger is dean of Chafer Theological Seminary, as well as teaching in the Old and New Testament departments. He received a B.A. from Biola University, a Th.M. in Old Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Biblical Studies from Western Seminary. He also pastors Grace Church in Huntington Beach, California.]

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God of Jesus our Lord, 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.1

Introduction

In the first four verses of 2 Peter, the deity of Christ receives remarkable emphasis. Peter wants us to know that because Jesus Christ is God, He is able to give us a brim full experience of life. The Lord gives whatever we need to flourish as Christians beginning with our position in Christ:2

  • In Christ we have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).
  • We stand perfected and complete in Christ before God forever (Colossians 2:10; Hebrews 10:14).
  • We possess every spiritual blessing in Christ and the Father fully accepts us in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3, 5).

Beside these positional benefits, God directly supplies our needs by giving us revelation. This serves as an infallible means to “restore our souls” (Psalm 19:7a), to give us skill for living (“wisdom”—מחְכִּימַת פֶּתִי, 19:7b), to fill our hearts with joy (19:8a), and to enlighten our eyes—granting insight for the whys and hows of living (19:8b).

As though that were not enough, God’s grace is sufficient for every situation, including the toughe...

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