This may seem like somewhat of a long sentence; but to slightly re-word it, we understand that because of God’s own “glory and excellence,” He has given to us “precious and very great promises” so that through them we may become partakers of the divine nature…which he defines as our increasing sanctification (“life and godliness”).
God’s promises are a means to our sanctification! So, I’ll ask again, do you take note of God’s promises? His promises are peppered throughout the word and are His means to both teach and encourage us in perseverance. Perhaps one of the most called upon promises in the Bible is Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” These words are given to us in the context of affliction and reassure us that our suffering is under the watchful and purposeful hand of a loving Father Who is working it for “good”, which is clarified n v.29 as being “conformed to the image of His Son.”
Another clear Bible promise comes earlier in that chapter in v.13: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” In Logic 101, we may think of this as a conditional “if / then” statement carrying both a promise (“…if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”) and a warning (“…if you live according to the flesh you will die…”). However, a warning is simply a promise with a result that we don’t like. God doesn’t give us these warnings to threaten us, but to help keep us on that straight and narrow path that leads to life. It is much like us telling our children, “Don’t touch that grill or you’ll get burnt!” or “Don’t run out in the street or you’ll get hit by a car!” We are not threatening our children, but warning them for their good. So even God’s warnings are a promise for our good!
God is our loving Father!