Better than Merely Great and Superior to Solely Precious

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. – 2 Peter 1:3-4

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Alaskan Flowers | Juneau | August 2016

Peter teaches us here that God’s promises are not only great but precious. They are not only far-reaching, dramatically impactful, and extremely significant. They are also delightfully valuable, richly worthy, and wonderfully desirable. Charles Spurgeon observed:

“Many things are great which are not precious, such as great rocks, which are of little value; on the other hand, many things are precious which are not great-such as diamonds and other jewels, which cannot be very great if they be very precious. But here we have promises which are so great, that they are not less than infinite, and so precious, that they are not less than divine.”

What a comment: Not less than infinite nor less than divine: such are God’s promises. God’s promises are great because of their breadth, reach, impact, and certainty. God promises eternal life to all who believe. His love extends to every nation, tongue, tribe, and people group. He promises to answer all prayers brought before his throne of grace in Jesus’ name. He had declared: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He has assured us that he would send the Holy Spirit, the Helper who will be with us forever. These are but a few of the great promises of God.

These promises are also precious; they are more valuable than gold, silver, jewels or riches. They are more precious than the most valuable painting. They are priceless, for they were secured by the suffering, death, resurrection and promised Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We were ransomed from the powers of sin, Satan, and death by the holy precious blood of the Lamb of God. God promises that through faith in him, and by his promise we will partake of the divine nature. Our glorious future is secured in Jesus Christ.

Jesus himself is great and precious, and he calls us precious and has great promises we claim by faith.

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