Chewing it over: 2 Peter 1:3

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

2 Peter 1:3

What does this actually mean?

Immediately my theological framework jumps to answer this – Jesus is all we need for salvation – he is sufficient!

Amen, I agree!

But what does that actually mean?

Yes, Jesus and his death and resurrection is all we need for salvation!

But is it just that “simple”…

Is the “all you need” simply the gospel?

is it the church?

the Bible?

the Holy Spirit?

faith?

hope?

love?

all of the above?

But if he has given us everything we need then why do we still struggle with sin?

If knowledge of him has given us all that we need then does that mean we don’t really know him?

What does it practically mean that Jesus is enough?

But what does that mean when I talk to a student struggling with pornography?

or any other addiction?

or anger?

or materialism?

or abuse?

or poverty?

or lack of faith?

or death?

or academic exclusion?

or family rejection?

Don’t get me wrong I believe and I treasure the sufficiency of Christ.

And I seek to pursue him daily as my joy, my treasure and my God.

But if I really believe 2 Peter 1:3 – then how does that “work out” in the everyday?

Thoughts?

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~ by John on November 28, 2008.

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