When Christopher Columbus finally set off on his first voyage with the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria, ample funding backed the voyage. Although it had required the influence of the courtier Luis de Santángel, Spain’s king and queen finally agreed to sponsor the expedition. Columbus was well supplied for the journey.
Like Columbus, Christians are on an expedition. Our journey involves living for God. Peter informs us that God has provided us with “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). But how informed are we regarding how to draw upon the Lord’s resources?
Peter guides us into understanding how we can access God’s provisions. He focuses us upon gleaning from “the rich knowledge of the one who called us” since it is through his divine power that he has supplied everything we need (1:3). How has his divine power provided what we need? What do we need to know?
Before our speculation can set in, Peter provided some answers. We can know that is it because of the Lord’s glory and goodness, that we are invited to receive some magnificent promises (1:3-4). The Lord promises that his divine power can enable us to become “partakers of the divine nature” having escaped the corrupting influence of lust (1:3-4). Peter rivets our focus upon knowing what the Lord can do for our lives.
In almost mirror like fashion, Paul also prayed that disciples might grow in their knowledge of what God’s power does for the believer (Ephesians 1:17,19). In that text, we discover God’s power transforms the spiritually dead into becoming alive with Christ, thus remaking them into his workmanship to achieve his purposes (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Furthermore, as in 2 Peter, Paul also encourages a Christian lifestyle (Ephesians 4:1) empowered by the knowledge of what God has done in the believer’s life and what God is doing in the world (Ephesians 1-3). Paul’s letter concurs with Peter. We are well supplied to encounter whatever storms, distance or peaceful waters might lie ahead.
Just as Spain’s resources made possible Columbus’ expedition while he and the crew put forth the effort to sail, so too the Lord’s traveller is to “make every effort” (2 Peter 1:5,10) by growing in godly virtues (1:5-8). The disciple draws upon the Lord’s provisions for the journey by remembering who our glorious and excellent Lord is and what his divine power has achieved.
Peter observed that it is those who have forgotten what the Lord has accomplished in their life who sit idly in port (1:9). On the other hand, those possessing and growing in godly qualities are those who remember and are fruitful in the knowledge of Christ (1:8).
Peter’s letter begins by reminding us that while the Lord’s divine power has supplied us with everything we need to reach our future heavenly harbor, we need to live diligently and deliberately in order to ensure receiving a rich welcome (1:10-11). The Christian journey requires faithful sailing on our part.