Today's Bible Passage
(2nd) He is the Christ of generosity. He bestows on us all things necessary for true life and true religion. He gives us a religion that is not withdrawn from life but has triumphant involvement in it.
(3rd) He is the Christ of precious and great promises. That does not so much mean that He brings us the great and precious promises as that in Him these promises come true. It has been put this way—once we know Jesus Christ, every time we meet a promise in Scripture that begins with the word “Whosoever,” I can immediately say to myself, “That means me.”
(4th) He is the Christ by whom we escape the world’s corruption. Peter had to meet the antinomians, the people that used the grace of God as an excuse for sin. So long as we live in this world sin will never completely lose its fascination for us, but in the presence of Jesus, we have our defense against that fascination.
(5th) He is the Christ who makes us sharers in the divine nature. Here again, Peter is using an expression that the pagan thinkers well knew. “I am come,” said Jesus, “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). As one of the great early fathers said, “He became what we are to make us what He is.” Man has it in him to share the nature of God—but only in Jesus Christ can that potentiality be realized.