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2 Peter 1:4
4 Whereby [dia][hos] are given [doreomai] unto
us [hemin] exceeding great [megistos] and [kai] precious [timios] promises [epaggelma]: that [hina] by [dia] these [touton] ye might be [ginomai]
partakers [koinonos] of the divine [theios] nature [phusis], having
escaped [apopheugo] the corruption [phthora] that is in [en] the world [kosmos] through [en] lust [epithumia]. KJV-Interlinear
4 For by these He has granted to
us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might
become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world by lust. NASB
The spiritual life
belongs to believers in Jesus Christ, only.No unbeliever has access to any form of a spiritual life, of any
kind.And there is but one legitimate
spiritual life in existence, anyway.
The many wonderful blessings
that are available to believers, are likewise available only to mature
believers, or those advancing toward that goal.
The phrases, for by
these, or whereby, are a reference to Gods doctrine previously mentioned in
the prior verses.
By means of this wisdom,
from the knowledge and understanding of Bible doctrine, as well as the daily
application of these principles to your life, are these promises of grace and
peace, made available to you.
Note, that these things
do not come to you automatically once you have believed in Christ.Just as a baby when born does not have
immediate access to the family car, he has to grow up, learn to drive, after learning
to read and write, and learn to be responsible, etc., before he can drive.Being born does not qualify you for driving.
And so, being born
again, does not qualify you for the blessings of maturity.You have to grow up first.That should be obvious.
Those folks who think
that they can simply believe in Christ and thus qualify for the magnificent
blessings for mature believers, are mistaken.Likewise, no believer can believe in Christ and then substitute his own
values and standards in place of those of Gods.
You can look around you
and see that the people of the world will justify almost anything, in their own
eyes.And even if billions believe
something, their numbers alone do not make a thing right.Billions of people reject Christianity, and
they are all wrong.
By them, means just
that.By doctrine and only by doctrine,
by growing up in a legitimate spiritual life, and only a legitimate spiritual
life, can you attain spiritual maturity and thus qualify for the many promises
which God has given to each one of us.
And finally, your
spiritual life, is the only way that you can escape the evils that exist in the
world. From decadent sin, to very subtle
self-righteousness, to everything that opposes God, your only means of escaping
it, is through your spiritual life.
As I write this study
on this Christmas Eve, for tomorrows daily study, Christmas Day, I wish to
thank from the very depths of my heart and soul, all those who have graciously supported
me and this study.From my family to
yours, we wish you the very merriest Christmas, and hope and pray that your
Christmas and every day, will be wonderfully blessed.
And now to Him who is
able to prevent you from falling, and to present you without blemish, before
the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy.To the only wise God and Savior, even Jesus Christ our Lord.To whom be glory and majesty, dominion and
power, before time, now and forever.Amen.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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