Now That You Have Escaped (II Peter 1, Isaiah 19-20)

“By which He has granted to us His precious and very great promised, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desires,” II Peter 1:4

Years ago I remember being introduced to the older movie, “The great escape.”  This movies setting was in a concentration camp in WWII.  The allied troops are planning a great escape.  The movie chronicles their efforts and their escape.  I wish the movie would have ended here.  But the movie continues by showing us how that almost all the escapes fail in their efforts.

This morning I was reminded of this movie as I read Peters words, “Having escaped the corruption that is in the world.”  In context Peter is writing to believers who have “obtained a faith of equal standing.”  

Two things stand out:

1.  They have been delivered by the power of Jesus, Vs: 1-4

2.  They were now being directed to live in the power of Jesus, Vs: 5-15

Think it through:

How many people seem to come to Jesus but then seem to never escape the corruption that is in the world?  Let’s get personal, “How often do we seem (who are followers of Christ) to get trapped by the corruption that is in the world?”  Could it be that we have the same problem as the prisoners of war in the movie The Great Escape?  The problem being, “They did not have a perfect plan.”

But on the other side of this we discover that our God does have a perfect plan.  He has given us His Word as the perfect guide for our lives.  Here is how Peter describes God’s Word, “As a lamp shinning in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart.”

Until Jesus comes, you and I have been given God’s full proof escape plan!!!

Our response:

It is at this point that we must apply what we have read.  In I Peter 1:5-9 we discover no less than 7 disciples that we are to daily dedicate ourselves to.  If we do, we will have success in our lives.

Your take away is to spend time in discovering what these 7 disciples require of your life.

Ps. I look forward to seeing my fellow escapees on the other side!!!

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