“According as His divine power hath given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us by glory and virtue.”
Peter begins this epistle with his qualifications and the specifics of to whom this letter is addressed. He is a ‘sent out servant’ of Jesus Christ who is our God and Savior. He did not volunteer for the position and he was not forced into it by coercion or duress. He was a servant because he had been purchased with the shed blood of the Lamb of God. He was purchased because he is the object of the eternal love of the Father and he serves his station willingly because his affections are set on things from above. He was redeemed by the blood of his kinsman who not only had the only acceptable means whereby redemption could be made but was the one who had the right of redemption being a blood relative. Peter was one of the blood bought hosts that was sent forth as an ambassador into a foreign land to proclaim that the Anointed salvation of Jehovah had come to deliver His people from their sin, the glad tidings of great joy unto all men, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Any one who has a problem with the assertion that every person on the face of the earth has an appointed place, a designated path to walk and an assigned job to perform has a problem with the doctrine of the sovereignty of God. God places each and every living thing in a time of habitation and sets the bounds and limitations thereof, so Peter was appointed to be a ‘sent out servant’ who was addressing any and all who had obtained ‘like precious faith’. Now if someone did not have the belief that a sovereign God had ordained all things whatsoever comes to pass do they have the same faith? Can two walk together if they are not agreed? This does not mean that a meeting must be set where deliberations may be had so as to arrive at a mutually agreeable position. It has nothing to do with anyone coming to an agreement and everything to do with those who are agreed. Those agreed have the same pedigree and same heritage being born from above or born from below. They speak either the language of the people of the land or they speak the tongue of Zion. They either love the earth and this world or they long for the peace and rest of Jerusalem, the city of God. The two cannot be intermixed because they are contrary one to another so that he which is of the earth cares not for and cannot comprehend the things of Zion and he that is from above longs for the time of the deliverance from this bondage of corruption.
This like precious faith is the same throughout the entire body. Each member has been given a measure of faith and it is the faith of the Son of God. This faith is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who is our God and our savior without division. He is God and the fulness of the Godhead dwelt bodily in Him during the time of His habitation. He completed all that the Father had given Him to do and was faithful above all the house. Therefore being faithful as the first born of many brethren His family, His seed, His called out assembly, His Bride is faithful in Him by the grace of God. God works all things after the counsel of His will and He has appropriated grace to His children that they may endure the contradiction of the flesh. As they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will they understand, through wisdom and spiritual understanding, the weakness and corruption of the flesh. Yet they are taught that all things are in complete harmony with one another in the fulfillment of His most perfect will. Herein is the peace and contentment multiplied for as the Spirit communicates spiritual things from faith to faith so the child is taught whatsoever state he is in therein to be content. This contentment is because his deliverer and Master has overcome the world, finished the work and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Therefore the peace of contentment is commensurate to the trials and tribulations that are endured for these prove the faith within and the just live by the faith of Him that loved them and gave Himself for them.
This peace and contentment is according to the divine will of God which is performed by His divine power. That same divine power which spoke the universe into existence, set the course for the sun, moon and stars and causes all things to function in complete harmonic perfection has given to His elect children ALL THINGS that pertain to life. He has given them their characteristics, their likes and dislikes. He has given them the desires that their bodies and minds endure and the weakness and corruption of the flesh they inhabit. He has properly, efficiently and thoroughly equipped their earthen vessels with everything they need for the time of their habitations commensurate to the path they have to walk and the duties they have been assigned. His divine power is in keeping with his divine will and His divine ways and as far ass the heavens are above the earth so high are His ways above the ways of Adam. Yet this same inconceivable divine power has given unto His children ALL THINGS pertaining to life and godliness. When David assembled the nation of Israel just before he died, he prayed unto Jehovah God, praising Him for His greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty because “All in heaven and in earth” is His. He gave it to His people that they may give it unto Him. He provided the means and the materials necessary to accomplish the pattern He had placed in the mind and heart of David, which he communicated to his son Solomon, in order to build the Temple. Nothing contained in the Temple was in any way a derivation or deviation from the plans and all the materials needed had been supplied. God had made His chosen nation willing in the day of His power to perform His will and build this magnificent building; “O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine Holy name cometh of thine hand and all is thine own” (I Chr. 29:11-16). This all stood in type of the reality of the redeemed servants of Jehovah God who build in His Temple, which is His body, His Bride and over which He is the head having the preeminence.
So, dear weary travelers and strangers in a foreign land, if the divine power of God has given His children all things pertaining to life and godliness and He is working in them both to will and to do His good pleasure and He has not only made them willing in the day of His power but has by the testimony of Jesus Christ assured them that they are more than conquerors, shall they not walk the path set before them in all faithfulness, keeping the commandments of God? He has given an innumerable host of witnesses that testify to His immutability and His love, neither of which may be altered in any way, especially by the notion of obedience or disobedience by Adam. These witnesses proclaim that He has finished the work in righteousness and has overcome the world. They also proclaim that nothing can separate His children from His love, no man can pluck them out of His hand, He will never leave nor forsake them and that His children shall endure to the end. These exceedingly great and precious promises are so that through the divine power and grace of God His children become partakers of HIS divine nature. The fulness and completeness of the perfect nature of the Godhead because Emmanuel dwells in His people and they in Him.
When the time of this habitation is over and this earthen vessel returns unto the dust from whence it came, then shall the sons of God be made manifest and the inner man revealed. He grows in the grace and knowledge of God, delighting after the perfect Law of God and matures unto the fulness of the stature of the Anointed One. When the creature within is delivered from the bondage of this corruption and the subject to vanity is complete, then shall the image of the heavenly be seen in the beauty of His Holiness. While the image of the earthly is before the children every day they patiently wait in hope of the life to come, yet even now every child, who has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies, is seated together with Him before the throne of God. Now they are partakers of the flesh and blood but that shall soon fade away when the they “put off this my tabernacle” (2 Pt. 1:14) and they shall be clothed upon in incorruption and immortality. The seed indeed was sown in corruption, the earthen vessel, but it shall be raised out of the shell revealing the glory of the resurrected Lord. Those who are partakers of the divine nature are also partakers of peace, glory, hope and God. They are companions in the sufferings of Messiah and also in the consolation. They are partners in the work as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, to wit, God has reconciled the world unto Himself. They have all things common through their common head and have all experienced the common deliverance from the corruption of this world through lusts.
Herein we know that ALL TINGS work together for good to them that love Him, to the called, according to His purpose for it is by the divine power of His will, He has promised it and His name is FAITHFUL AND TRUE.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 24, 2013