Thursday, March 12th, 2009
For by these 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
In reading 2 Peter chapter one this morning, I was reminded in a fresh new way of the lift principles that we have been speaking on for a while now in Bible study. For those of you have no idea what I am talking about, we have used the analogy of an airplane in flight to better understand escaping the law of sin and death and walking in resurrection life!
Although that big tin can 30,000 feet above the earth’s surface would be the least likely place that you would want to be in at that altitude without the engines, an amazing principle goes into effect while the jet engines provide thrust in the forward direction! The blunt front edge of the wings causes a slower air flow over the top of the wing than the air flow under the wing which results in an upward force called lift! While all these factor are in play (and only then), the plane is able to supersede a most prominent natural force in the downward direction called gravity.
In our studies, we have likened gravity to the law of sin and death which is always present and pulling all those who have not escaped its grip down into sin, but thank God, Jesus made available resurrection power to the believer in order that we might escape the pull of sin and live a victorious life while here on earth. We have used Romans 5:10 AMP to explain the only way to escape sin’s grip which says, daily delivered from sins dominion by His resurrection life. Last night, the question was asked, How do you walk in this resurrection life? In 2 Peter 1:4, we see the link to partaking in the divine nature, God’s nature, instead of the nature of sin. Notice the phrase so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature. By what do we become partakers? Only by these precious and magnificent promises, or the Word of God, do we partake of God’s nature.
Not only does our verse tell us how to partake of His nature, it also re-enforces what we have already learned about escaping sin’s ever-present downward pull. Peter says it this way, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust! He also tells how the corruption got in the world in the first place, but we will have to deal with lust later. For now, let’s emphasize the phrase having escaped the corruption. That is where God wants us to be, in the having escaped category instead of the tied up in sin category. He did not say that sin was not there anymore; he just said you escaped it just like the plane supersedes gravity while in flight.
Now, our job becomes staying in flight 24×7! Peter has told us how to do it, by staying in the precious and magnificent promises. Apostle Ron has said countless times that faith filled words dominate the law of sin and death! We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Rom. 10:17) We also know that out of the abundance of the heart (not a depleted one) the mouth speaks! (Matt. 12:34) Abide in Jesus by allowing His words to abide in you, and then you will rise above the law of sin and death (sickness, disease, poverty, and the whole curse of the law for that matter) and walk in the abundant life and victory that Jesus died for us to have.