Evangelical Assumptions About the Christian Life

Evangelical Assumptions About the Christian Life

Do not forget what he has called you to. Our time is limited. “Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2).  If we are bored with the Christian life, I would suggest it is not Christianity leaving us unfulfilled. We likely have one foot in the world and one in the faith, and it is the world that is leaving us uninspired.

Many of us have slipped into an Evangelical assumption about the Christian life that does not align with Scripture. We live a Christian existence that is far from the biblical reality. We have begun to see the spiritual life as not much more than attending church to listen to sermons—some good, some bad, doing our devotions, and then focusing on earthly things the remainder of the time. As an Evangelical, I realize this is not what historic Evangelicalism teaches, but it is how we often live our lives. No wonder so many are bored.

Peter calls us to much more than this malaise in his second epistle. He tells us that “God’s divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Yet we seem to have little life and little godliness, yet all of this is available through the knowledge of God. If we think a sermon a week and ten-minute daily devotions is sufficient to know such an awe-inspiring God, we have barely scratched the surface. Nor do we realize that he should encompass everything about us.

“He has granted to us his precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4a). These promises include all things pertaining to justification and sanctification, but we often neglect the latter. Through these promises, “You may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4b). To be clear, this does not mean we become little gods. It means something less heretical and better for us. Peter is telling us the only true living God has taken up residence in us through the Holy Spirit. He is also telling us we can grow in holiness like our Father in heaven.

This news is glorious because we have “escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:4c). Or have we?

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