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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bible Passage:2 Peter 1:3

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

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This is the first point, where Peter sets out to describe what sort of blessings we have received through faith from God.  He says that to us (since we have known God by faith) there is given every kind of divine power.  But what sort of power is it?  It is such power that it provides us everything pertaining to life and godliness; that is, when we believe, then we receive this much, that God gives us the fullness of His power, which is with us and in us so that when we speak and work, it is not we that do it, but God himself does it.  He is strong, powerful, and almighty in us, even though we even suffer and die, and are weak in the eyes of the world.  There is no power nor ability in us if we do not have this power of God.  But this power of God which is in us, St. Peter would have us understand, is not the sort by which we might create heaven and earth, and ought to work such miracles as God does.  But we have the power of God within us so far as it is useful and necessary to us.  Therefore the Apostle adjoins and says, everything pertaining to life and godliness; that is, we have such power of God that by it we are eminently favored with grace to do good and to live forever.  Through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  Such power of God, and such rich grace, comes from no other source than from this knowledge of God.  For this reason, since possessing this power does not begin from our effort or decision, we should not exalt ourselves as though we had done anything, but render to Him praise and thanksgiving, because He has given us the Gospel, and thereby granted us power and might against the devil, death, and all evil.

Abiding, steadfast, firm, and sure,
The teachings of the Word endure:
Blest he who trusts this steadfast Word,
His anchor holds in Christ, the Lord.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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