The purpose of the writings was to explain the call of God's people as the sons and daughters to live in light of our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.
As God's people, Paul emphasizes the call to live a radical love lifestyle (righteous living vs. carnal living) and to be in Unity among God's people (other-centeredness vs. individualistic). He emphasizes that we are fully supplied in our positional union in Christ with every spiritual blessing having inherited the fullness of Christ.
When these biblical themes are incorporated into the right living in a relationship in Christ, with others and in the community, along with a Holy Spirit empowerment, we are presented with a powerful way of being. This way of being is all-inclusive in a radical love that distinctly differentiates the way we live and treat others from the way the world treats others, people.
Each paragraph calls us to renewed thinking that leads to faithful, godly lifestyles lived in redemptive relationships and within the community in the radical love of other-centered being.
Powerful living flows from our union in Christ - this is our position and where we stand, breathe, dwell, reside, focus, and live from each day.
Empowered living flows from this union in Christ Jesus and in how we rightly relate with and to others.
Other-centered being is how we demonstrate and manifest Christ love in the community and in the church as the righteous heirs --- the sons and daughters of the holiest divine God.
1. Serving Together (4:1-16) Devoted to one another 2. Loving One Another (4:17-32) Personal Integrity 3. Living Close to God (5:1-6:9) Holy living like Christ 4. Designed to Win (6:10-24) The Armor of God
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires" 2 Peter 1:2-4
We lack nothing as we live from the sole sufficiency of our union in Christ, who has fully supplied, deposited, and provided us with his faith, holy spirit power, and divine love that empowers, transforms, and radicalizes relationships and communities.