Precious and Great Promises

2 Peter 1:3–4

Principle for Bible Reading

When studying a paragraph of the Bible, break it down into individual propositions and ask questions about how each line relates to the one before it and after it. Focus in particular on connecting words (e.g. “for,” “so that,” “by,” etc.).

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Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:57)

Observations (00:57–06:36)

  1. God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
  2. [“through”] A knowledge of God is the pathway of godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
  3. [“by”] Because God is glorious and excellent, he has given us “precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4).
  4. [“so that”] God’s promises are the means of our becoming like God (2 Peter 1:4).
  5. God’s promises make us more like God by combatting sinful desires in the world (2 Peter 1:4).

Summary (06:36–8:58)

    The Power of God ⇒
    The Call to Glory ⇒
    God’s Promises ⇒
    Escape from Sinful Desire ⇒
    The Divine Godliness

Application (8:58–9:51)

How do we pursue godliness?

  1. Know your calling to glory and excellence.
  2. Treasure and meditate on God’s promises.
  3. Battle sinful desires with superior pleasures.

Study Questions

  1. Based on this passage, what role does knowledge play in our growth in godliness?
  2. According to these verses, why has God given us promises?
  3. How are God’s promises working to make us more godly? How do they battle sinful desires still in us?
Piper: “We battle the false promises of the world with better promises from God.”