Sunday, February 10, 2019, 22:02

2 Peter 1:4 says, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the diving nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

This is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible.

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The man speaking these words was Peter, a man who had walked with Jesus.  Peter saw the life of Jesus first hand.  He saw how Jesus lived. He saw him heal the sick and raise the dead.  In fact, Matthew 8:14 tells us that Peter's own mother-in-law was healed by Jesus. To Peter the reality of Jesus Christ and the power of God were not ideas or philosophies but personal experience.

From this eye-witness we have this testimony: God's word, His promises to us, are given to us to impart to us a divine nature from God so that we can escape the corruption that is in the world.

The Apostle Paul said something similar in Romans 12:2.  "And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

There is no way for us to be truly transformed in our minds unless we change the way we think.  Paul uses the words, "be transformed".  These words imply that there is a force acting on our minds that changes the way we think and not just our personal efforts to do so.  If it was solely up to us it would say, "transform yourselves" but it doesn't say that.  It says, "be transformed".  How?  By the word of God.

The word "transformed" here is the Greek word, "metamorphoo".  Does that word look familiar to you?  Ever heard the term, "metamorphosis"?  Think about it.  Webster's dictionary defines metamorphosis as a change in the form of being.

A caterpillar undergoes a metamorphosis and becomes a butterfly. It is a complete transformation from being a creature that crawls on the ground to a creature that flies through the air. The caterpillar no longer exists after the change. The character, purpose, and way of life of this creature changes entirely. We never see butterflies crawling around on the ground or trying to go back to being a caterpillar.  The transformation that takes place is complete and irreversible.

This is a beautiful illustration of the way God wants to transform us.  He wants us to be so different in our nature and character that we don't even resemble what we were.

This transformational process can only be accomplished when we give ourselves entirely to God and to His will and His word.  Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart."  It goes on to say that no creature is hidden from God's sight.  All things are laid bare before HIm.  There is no one, no thing, no action, no thought, no intention that God does not see.  Our lives are completely open and laid bare before Him.

A day is coming when we will stand before Him and give an account of the way we have lived our lives.  Are you ready for that day?  Are you being transformed daily by God and His word or are you still pursuing the ideas, philosophies, and things of this world?

I encourage you to be transformed by the exceeding great and precious promises of God that are able to make you a partaker of the divine nature of God.  We CAN lay aside the ways of this world and still live in the world, but as we are transformed we become more and more peculiar to the world.  We no longer "fit in" to the culture around us.  We rise above it.

God helps us learn life from above: a way of life that rises above the circumstances and darkness of this life.  We don't have to crawl around anymore.  We can fly.

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