During this time of self-quarantine, we are thrown together with the familiar. We are with our families and those who live with us. Let’s take our first look at 2 Peter 1 verses 3 and 4.
“According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”2 Peter 1:3-4
Peter had failed. He denied Jesus Christ three times. The cock crowed and he learned that he was not who he thought he was. Filled with shame and the knowledge of his failure, he told the others that he was going fishing. He returned to the familiar.
When we return to the familiar, we often return to familiar sins, habits, addictions that have trapped us in the past. We are thrown together with our families and those most familiar to us, the ones we are self-quarantined with. “Familiarity breeds contempt,” as the saying goes. With that familiarity, we are introduced again to our frail and broken selves, our restlessness, our anger, our anxiety, our impatience. How are you doing with the people who are most familiar to you? How are you doing with your family right now? Do you feel like a failure? Do you find yourself, like Paul who wrote in Romans ch. 7,
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 7:18-25 KJER
We have a promise that we are delivered from sin through Jesus Christ. We are not delivered from the familiar, but from the power of sin over our bodies and our minds. Peter declares that promise that we have escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires and we have everything we need for life and godliness.
We will continue to explore this essential truth of the gospel as we look deep into Peter’s second letter about the importance of making your calling and election sure.