2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV), “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 (virtue), 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 (or lust).”

These verses emphasize godliness, excellence (or virtue), knowledge, and the righteousness of God. It is by God’s “divine power” that everything has been given to us that pertains to life and godliness.” It is God, Himself, who has called us to glory and virtue. 

Peter explains that in order to be made “partakers of the divine nature,” God has given us “precious and very great promises.” These promises support, lift, encourage, teach, and grow our faith. 

In other words, God calls us to be a part of His divine family — to receive the divine nature. God calls us to be like Him with the goal of glory and excellence (virtue). We begin this transformation based on faith (verse 5).

You specifically asked about the precious and very great promises. As we read and study God’s word, different scriptures seem to speak directly to us according to our needs. The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to these promises. 

For example, if we feel fearful, we might be strengthened by 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So we reason, if God has not given us fear, who has? What does God promise to give us instead of fear?

Or perhaps we might wonder if God loves us. Then John 16:27 comes to mind. “For the Father, Himself, loves you.” But we may  doubt our relationship with God because of our sins. Then God promises, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NKJV).  Believe God’s word. “Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22 

We offer a collection of scriptural promises with comments in a free downloadable PDF. There are many full color images throughout the text which highlight the content. A topical index has also been added for quick reference. It is our hope that this booklet will encourage consecrated brethren in Christ to dwell on the promises of God as often as possible. There are thousands of precious promises in the Bible that provide “how to” lessons on real joy, unbreakable peace, lasting fellowship, transformative patience, clear guidance and ever-deepening trust.

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