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Divine Power Hath Given All Things Pertaining to Life and Godliness

(child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

kjv@2Peter:1:3 @ According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness...

We have asked a whole lot of questions so far without coming much to any answers; that being with specific purpose. So often our minds are consumed with the need to come up with answers and directional shifts that it can perform for itself (with little assistance as possible preferably). Often times what is most needed spiritually speaking however is instead to have the tremendous influence of God in Christ upon us.

What did Israel know about parting Red Seas? What answers would they themselves have come up with given their predicament? How is that any different than the modern couple that has exhausted any hope or answer to their marital problems? How is that any different then the predicament of addiction or unwelcome but persistent suicidal thoughts? Let's explore that openly now!

Contextual Anchors - Divine and Given

Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

1. Divine Power.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G1411'

G1411 @ δύναμις dunamis doo'-nam-is From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability abundance meaning might (-ily -y -y deed) (worker of) miracle (-s) power strength violence mighty (wonderful) work.

(see: Word study DunamisPower or slidy:DunamisPower )

2. Hath Given.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G1433'

G1433 @ δωρέομαι dōreomai do-reh'-om-ahee Middle voice from G1435; to bestow gratuitously: - give.

3. Life.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G2222'

G2222 @ ζωή zōē dzo-ay' From G2198; life (literally or figuratively): - life (-time). Compare G5590.

(see: Word study ZoeLife or slidy:ZoeLife )

4. Godliness.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G2150'

G2150 @ εὐσέβεια eusebeia yoo-seb'-i-ah From G2152; piety; specifically the gospel scheme: - godliness holiness.

(see: Word study EusebeiaGodliness or slidy:EusebeiaGodliness )

Doctrinal Context: God's Grace

(see: Topical study - TorreyGodsGrace or slidy:TorreyGodsGrace )

Practical Aspects

What other thing would be needed of God more than the "all things" already given in Christ? What need that He has provided for falls outside of "life" and "godliness"? Could it be that because of our lack of grace and peace with God/Saviors' righteousness that our perspective of what is needed vastly differs?

I fear that the common way that we consider this foundational element is that it is steered towards the conclusion that God has created/built into each man/women all needed abilities and resources for life and godliness into our human conscience and intelligence, that in all people this "having been given all" need only to be stirred as if somehow dormant or innate. What we find however in the greater Bible context is that what God has actually given to us is Jesus Christ whom to us has been made "all things". This is an important clarification to the "like precious" faith as it is not our innate abilities and resources that we have sworn ourselves to serve. Any innate or virtuous ability we might have once had has been more than proven by God and Savior's righteousness to be faulty and corrupt.

What it means then that Christ has been given and is become "all things" pertaining to life and godliness is that by His authority and complete daily influence on the believer true life and spiritual godliness is issued by Christ to the receiving for the purpose of being stepped out on and walked in by us faithfully and with valor. As you begin seeking the direction towards the answers that will be best (given by divine power), no matter where your present situation or difficulty might reside, one has to get past the human tendency reverting back in the direction of one's self and one's own ability and resource.

All things pertaining to: Self empowered/innate/manufactured? God empowered/given?

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