All Things That Pertain to Life and Godliness

There is so much more in the words of our title than our finite minds can grasp. As believers we already have everything that pertains to life and godliness. Why do we so often live like spiritual paupers? What more do we really need? In possessing all things can we possibly not have enough? Oh that He would help us to better take hold of our spiritual possessions; that our lives and character would reflect His perfect will.

“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.” – 2 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)

The key to being the kind of people God wants us to be is in putting to use all that which He has already given. The believer stuck in the swamp of sin is living below his or her capabilities. Living a godly life would not be that difficult, if we would learn to draw upon His resources. Growing in godliness is not a matter of obtaining something new, but of using what we have in Christ.

“If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)

3 thoughts on “All Things That Pertain to Life and Godliness

  1. Paul also says that he has “Blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing”. Question: if this is the case (and I believe it is) how do we reconcile this with the need to be baptised in the Spirit after conversion? Just wondered what your thoughts are on that

  2. Maybe it’s because the spiritual blessings He’s blessed us with in Christ are “in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3), while the Holy Spirit is the “guarantee of our inheritance” (Eph 1:14) while here on earth. The Spirit helps transfer those heavenly blessings into our present walk with the Lord. After that initial “baptism”, there is the constant need to “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18), which is a repeated experience.

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