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Sharing God's Treasures (32 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
II Peter 1:4
Recently, as my wife and I sat at a table in a Santa Barbara restaurant, a very attractive waitress approached to ask if we were ready to place an order. She was tall and radiant and evidently anxious to please. The young lady was different from the other employees, and I asked, "Are you a Christian?" She smiled and replied, "Yes, Sir, I am. I have attended church all my life, but last September I entered into a relationship with the Lord, and since that time my life has changed." I shall always remember that young woman who said, "I entered into a relationship with Christ."
Millions of church members profess to have faith in Christ, but unfortunately to some of them, Jesus of Nazareth is only a Person who lived and died centuries ago. Apparently they know little if anything of constant communion with the Lord: hearing His voice, obeying His commands, and enjoying His presence. Knowing Christ is not merely an agreement with religious principles. It is the sharing of His grace which extends through life to embrace eternity.
The word partaker comes from the Greek koinonia, which means to share, to become a partner. It was used in the Old Testament to indicate when a man became unclean, when he shared a neighbor's defilement. Interpreting the word koinoneo, Dr. Thayer says, "It means to come into common fellowship; to become a sharer; to be made a partner." This becomes increasingly interesting when a study of the New Testament reveals progression from the darkness of sin to the splendor of eternity. The word is used in five challenging Scriptures.
Partakers of His Nature (2 Peter 1:4)
This verse written by Simon Peter provides a window through which may be seen the amazing salvation offered by God to sinful people. The apostle was explicit when he reminded his readers they had "escaped the corruption that is in the world." The ...
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