Though originating from the story of Peter stepping out of his boat to walk on water towards Jesus (Matthew 14:29), the idea behind Walk on Water was actually derived from a passage 21 books later in 2 Peter chapter one, verses three through four.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-4, NIV).
Establishing the foundation on which I write, this passage helps structure the mission of this blog, which is to be eternally focused rather than presently preoccupied.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…
It is because of Jesus Christ and His infinitely limitless power and authority that we have the absolute fullness of life, which belongs to God alone and will not be fully recognized by man until Christ’s return. Apart from the one and only true God, we are lost to eternal death and separation from Him.
…through the knowledge of him…
“Our hearts cannot love what our minds do not know” (Jen Wilkin). Though the secret counsel belongs to the Lord, He has revealed to us a degree of His character, His glory, and His eternal dwelling through His Word, which is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. Not only does His divine power illuminate a greater knowledge of Him, but it also sheds light on the depth of our depravity and our inherent limitedness as created beings in need of mercy.
…who called us by his own glory and goodness.
As He called Peter to step out of his boat and trust in the omnipotence of God, so too is He calling to us. Through the power of sanctification, He is asking more of us than to just experience Him from a distance. He invites us to draw near to Him with the promise that He will also draw near to us, even in what might seem like impossible circumstances.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises…
It is by His own glory and goodness that God gives us His very great and precious promises; promises of protection; of freedom to confess and the forgiveness that follows; promises of healing for the brokenhearted and the broken bodies; and the promise of wisdom for when we ask. But most importantly, as everything in all of creation points to, through God’s limitless glory and goodness, He promises salvation and eternal glory with Him for those who believe in the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. This is the greatest and most precious promise of all.
…so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.
With the assurance of His Word, which is infallible and indisputable, we have sufficient grace, mercy, and hope for stepping out in faith to participate, as Peter did, in the divine nature; knowing that just like everything else in this created world, these small moments of divine power point to the Creator; to the greater divine reality that is yet to come. Just as Peter escaped the chaos of the waves, one day we too will experience salvation from the corruption of this world when delivered into the heavenly courts. One day we will partake in the divine nature, but until then, we are reminded of this coming Day through small murmurs of glory and divinity that this world proclaims of its Creator.
And it is for this reason that we are encouraged all the more to be eternally focused on ‘God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ’ rather than presently preoccupied by the ‘light and momentary troubles’ of this world.