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…!
(2 Peter 1:3-4, ESV)
Partakers of the divine nature! Peter’s letter makes it absolutely clear that all virtue in our lives comes from the power of the new spiritual life derived from Christ. The Church Fathers made the distinction that though we do not receive the Essence of God, we do live by the Energies of God. We therefore have all we need to live a truly Christ-like life that produces the Fruit of the Holy Spirit! His beauty attracts us to a life that reflects his own beauty, glory and excellence!
It is from this fuel of communion with Christ -that the Scripture goes on to say, “Make every effort” to add virtue upon virtue. (2 Peter 1:5f.)
“We must say that it is the sheer attractive and compelling beauty, glory, and authority of Christ’s own being and life that comes to us, calls us, draws us irresistibly to him, and elicits from us a corresponding life of godliness and excellence.” – Douglas Harink in 1 & 2 Peter, Brazos Commentary
Remain in constant communion with the only source of true excellence!
Glory to God!