I have a confession: I was an English teacher for seven years and I still don’t know how to diagram a sentence.
There, I admitted it to the internet. I have a comfortable grasp on grammar thanks to my education, but diagramming sentences was already pretty out of style by the time I went through my education so I never learned. But sometimes I read a sentence and wish I knew how to break it down into a logical diagram. 2 Peter 1:3-4 is one of those sentences:
“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.”
I have been studying this rich, complex sentence for a couple years, actually, so I was excited when I discovered my new position as Women’s Editor at Servants of Grace was going to give me the opportunity to write about 2 Peter. I labored over how to break down this passage and decided to return to some of my favorite imagery: studying grace as something that flows like water. I hope I’ve honored the ideas of this passage well in my devotional piece on 2 Peter 1:3-4 at Servants of Grace.
This week, I published two new devotionals in that series. The first one emphasizes that no matter how well we know the Bible, none of us can keep the entire book in the forefront of our minds at one time. Fellowship is one of God’s gifts because we can remind and encourage one another of truth. We all must be willing to remind but humble enough to be reminded. This is the focus of my devotional piece on 2 Peter 1:13-15 over at Servants of Grace.
Then, after Peter reminds us to encourage one another, he again emphasizes his credentials as a trustworthy source because he saw God’s glory in Christ Jesus with his own eyes. I tried to work in some of the ideas from G.K. Chesterton’s Everlasting Man, because he has the most generous perspective on mythology I’ve read. He doesn’t dismiss the mythology of those who came before us but instead emphasizes that all myths reveal a longing for what we want to be true. Peter emphasizes that Jesus Christ was a man who was more than a “cleverly devised myth” because Peter saw his glory himself in 2 Peter 1:16-18, which I also wrote about at Servants of Grace.
I hope you’ll enjoy this series!