Becoming a Partaker of the Divine Nature ~ blog
I find three amazing passages in the New Testament by three of the Apostles who were with Jesus which tell us what God desires to do in all of our lives. God has demonstrated to us the extent of His love for us by sending the Son of God to be born as a baby, to live a holy and pure life, and then to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world.
The Cross is an undeniable and eternal message to the entire world of the love of God which is the only sacrifice that can pay for the sins of everyone who by faith puts their trust in Christ to be their Savior. At some point in our lives, we came to believe that we desperately needed a Savior and invited Christ to be our Savior. At that moment His blood was applied to all of our sins – past, present, and future – and we became born again into an eternal relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
However, as our lives have unfolded, we began to realize that even though we are God’s children we still live in a fallen world, we do battle with the demonic forces of evil in this fallen world, and we have a sinful nature still dwelling in our bodies. These three forces have the potential to be active in our lives every day. However, God has not left us defenseless so that we live in slavery to sin.
He has saved us so that He can change us. We have already gone from being dead in our sins and transgressions to being alive in Christ. We have been adopted as His children and secured into an eternal relationship with Him that can never be broken. We were not saved by our own worthiness but in spite of our worthlessness. And after being justified by faith through grace God has a plan to help us become people being conformed to the image of Christ.
This is so very clear in Romans 8:29-30;
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
It is very confusing to us when we do not see this becoming conformed to the image of His Son happening in our lives automatically. We do not want to continue in sexual sin and yet, though we know it is not God’s will we find ourselves entangled and addicted to this extremely powerful and addictive behavior.
However, this is NOT God’s will for us. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness as we saw yesterday when Peter wrote;
“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
God has given us His precious and magnificent promises and it is by learning these promises we can begin to become partakers of the divine nature.
This happens by the power of the Holy Spirit whose dwells inside of us. The Spirit’s work is to transform us from the people we were before Christ to becoming more like Christ. However, is that something you want in your own life? Does becoming a man who is loving, kind, godly, patient and helpful to others what you really want in your life? Or does your schedule have other goals and objectives in mind to which you are fully giving yourself?
We have all been sealed with the Holy Spirit as God’s guarantee of our inheritance. Our names are written forever in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We have been given His Word in the Bible and we have community with other believers from whom we can receive help as well as give help to others … unless we are still isolated by our shame of sexual sin.
However, instead of being transformed by the Spirit some of us are still being consumed by the flesh. We believe lies that tell us God is finished with us and has rejected us because of our sexual sin and multiple failures to stop this addictive behavior. We self-condemn and self-loathe and live in shame and isolation where things only go from bad to worse and we conclude thinking what is the use in even trying anymore?
So, on the one hand, we learn from the Bible that we are new creations in Christ, we have been sealed with the Spirit, we have eternal life and will spend eternity in heaven … but on the other hand, we believe the lies of our world, the flesh, and the devil.
I know many of you might be losing hope in your battle. I do believe that God wants us all to be partakers of His divine nature. That the Spirit wants to conform all of us into the image of Christ and as James puts it in James 1:3-4;
“…knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
And as Paul wrote it in Ephesians 3
“…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Partakers of the Divine Nature – from Peter.
Perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – from James.
Filled up to all the Fullness of God – from Paul.
Are you interested in those things becoming real and true in your life??? More tomorrow