His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
When we speak of having received blessings from God, most often we are making reference to material things. God has sustained us by giving to us everything we need to physically survive in this world. We have some measure of health—at least enough to make it day by day. We have roofs over our heads, and we have food to eat. Some have more material blessings than others, but all are blessed by God.
We know, however, that the blessings we have from God are not restricted to just material things. In fact, the greatest blessings we have cannot be truly valued—they are priceless. Our children are priceless blessings. Our spouses are priceless blessings. Our spiritual family is a priceless blessing. On and on goes the list of incalculable blessings.
Peter writes of the supreme blessing of having received from God everything we need to become like Him. Because Christian people have been enabled through Christ to live holy lives—to “[escape] from the corruption”—we receive from God his great promises, and we are freed to pursue lives that reflect God’s very own “glory and excellence.” We are liberated from sin to live righteously and joyously in the presence of God.
Is there a privilege greater than our salvation?