Exceedingly Great & Precious Promises
Where Did They Go?
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious
promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine
nature (2 Peter 1:4).
Have you experienced the “divine nature” the Apostle Peter revealed in this
passage? Or instead has your faith been a struggle? Has it sometimes seemed
like a heavy burden as you tried to live the life you know Jesus wanted for you?
Have you been frustrated and blamed yourself for not being able to obey what
you have been taught about the Christian life?
For many Christians their life experience has been described by the Apostle
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do,
that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do . . . O wretched
man that I am! (Romans 7:15, 24).
And then Paul says something that can make these believers feel even more
Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God –
through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25).
Why can this statement make them feel defeated? Perhaps because they have
read this scripture, and as a result have tried everything they can think of to be
delivered “from this body of death” by the Lord Jesus. For instance, they have
diligently studied their Bible, attended church regularly, prayed desperately for
the Lord to heal them, and had other people pray for them. They may have been
to marriage retreats, or had counseling, or read every Christian book they can
lay their hands on; and yet they are still stuck. And remaining stuck, they may
feel guilty that somehow they have left something undone.
Truly, this awful place can feel like a “body of death,” as Paul described it.
If your Christian life has been all you had hoped for, then this
book is probably not for you.
On the other hand, if your faith has not produced the results
that you wanted, then I have something to say that will help you.
There are two great gifts that the Lord Jesus Christ provides for all people, if
they will accept them:
1. The first gift is a one-time event. This occurred when you made Jesus
your Lord. You now are a child of God with all of the privileges that entails. This
includes life eternal (when you die, you will go to heaven).
2. The second gift is an ongoing process. It is the provision for you to be
transformed into the image of Jesus. When this occurs, you become a partaker
of the divine nature. You actually acquire His character! It is a process that you
appropriate daily for the rest of your life. This provision gives you victory over
sin now, in this life.
As the saying goes, “I have some good news, and some bad news.” The good
news is that Peter was telling the truth: through Christ you may become a
partaker of the divine nature. The bad news is that you haven’t known how to
appropriate that promise.
My purpose in this book is to help you to understand why you don’t know how
to experience the “divine nature.” As you begin to understand how you have
been robbed of this great inheritance, my hope is that you will also begin to
realize that becoming a partaker of the divine nature is indeed possible for you;
and therefore you can pursue it and expect to experience it.
How Will You Know Something Is Missing?
If as the Apostle Paul wrote, you find yourself not doing the good you want to
do, and find yourself doing what you hate, you have been robbed of this second
gift. In Christ you have been given exceedingly great and precious promises,
and yet the divine nature escapes you.
It is indeed possible for you to become a partaker of
the divine nature!
Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quotes are from the New King James Version of
the Bible published by Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Being changed into the image of Jesus
A miracle can happen to you, like the transformation that
happens when a worm is transformed into a butterfly
(2 Corinthians 3:18).
Chapters 1-3 in this book will already be familiar to
you, so you may want to skip to Chapter 4.
These first three chapters of this book are
presented to provide the necessary background for
readers who have not read my previous book.
However, you might find these chapters useful as a review.