Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
We Need To Escape
The divine power of God has given man everything he needs to glorify his creator and worship the one true God. This knowledge comes through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ and there is no other way man can come to the Father. Contained in the words of salvation is the exceeding and precious promises motivating man to follow the will of the Lord partaking of the divine nature of God. The transition that takes place when a man empties himself to the will of the Lord is to escape those things that will destroy him. The world is a place of corruption. Anything that is corrupt is immoral, debase, depraved and wicked. There is nothing good in a corrupt world filled with the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The joy experienced in lust is temporary. It is the aftertaste that brings sorrow, pain and heartache.
Abounding in the grace of the Lord changes the life of a person who has known only the disappointment of a corrupt world. What is sad for most of humanity is they seek for the joys of life in things that will only bring pain. A corrupt world is built upon the nature of the feelings of now and enjoyment of pleasure the only goal in life. While these temptations have strong appeal, what is repeated time and again is the knowledge that nothing in a corrupt world lasts. The few drinks that bring pleasure end in despair and the need to drink again. Sexual pleasure is brief and must be sought after again finding the same result of emptiness. Money is only paper that is lost in a moment and yet a lifetime spent hoarding what can never be kept. Knowledge is endless and the mind can never be filled. Corruption fills the world with the ideals of lusts driving men to live an empty life of despair. The gospel of Jesus Christ raises man from the dredges of wasteful living to a world of fulfillment, happiness and true worth.
Escaping the corruption that is in the world is recognizing the reality of its imprisonment. The first step to find happiness is to see the world for what it is: corrupt. It is like living in a septic tank and realizing this is not what the Lord has created us to be. All men are made in the image of God to glorify Him. We are to rise above the sewers of Satan’s pleasures to the dazzling glory of righteousness. Escaping the corruption of the world is to crawl out of the septic putridity of a corrupt world and look to the everlasting kingdom of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Cleansing ourselves of the filth of the flesh, we find the glory of God fulfilled in our life by the transformation of our character to His image. Adding the graces of the Lord to our life will help us to become fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. First, we must escape. Then we must continue to increase in the graces of godliness to remove the filth of the world from our lives. Escaping demands running away from something. To escape the corruption of the world requires running away from the entrapment’s of a corrupt world.
The exhortation of Peter to add the graces of virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love are the elements of the cleansing power of God to remove the filth of the flesh. These agents of God’s power will help the child of God escape the corruption that is in the world. Adding these virtues to the character of the child of God will bring greater happiness and peace. This pattern will help secure the life of the Christian to know that eternal life is granted making their calling and election sure. Escape the corruption of the world. Come to the cleansing power of God’s love.