September 22

 

by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may becomepartakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  2 Peter 1:4

 

Peter says that through the power of faith we participate in the divine nature and have fellowship with the divine nature.  What a verse!  We can’t find another one like this in either the New or Old Testament.  Yet unbelievers consider this a small matter.

But what is the divine nature anyway?  It’s eternal truth, justice, wisdom, eternal life, peace, joy, happiness, and whatever else can be called good.  Those who share in the divine nature receive all of this so that they live eternally and have eternal peace, pleasure, and joy.  They are pure and clean, and they have power over the devil, sin and death.  Peter is saying, “Just as one cannot take eternal life and truth from God, no one can take it from you.”  If anyone oppresses a Christian, they also oppose God.  The way Peter uses the little phrase “divine nature” means all of this.

It’s truly wonderful when a person believes.  However, Peter didn’t mean for all these instructions to be a foundation for faith.  Instead, he is underscoring what great, rich possessions we receive as a result of faith.   This is why Peter adds that we will have all of this if we demonstrate our faith by fleeing evil desires.

 

 

Life of Luther

 

Barnas Sears, D.D.

 

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

 

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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