2 Peter 1:3, 4; Luke 6:40; John 14:12; Luke 1:37; Matthew 17:20; Mark 10:27; 9:23
The divine nature refers to God’s attributes, righteous character and supernatural possibilities. He wants us to possess His nature so we can act like Him. Every creature shares the same nature, power, attributes and characteristics of the specie it belongs. The fish has the attributes of its kind that enable it to swim. So it is with human beings; the human nature empowers us to stand, walk, hear, see or speak. We are also able to imbibe the customs, language and understanding of the people in the locality where we are born. This same principle applies to the family of God. Born of God, purged by Christ and indwelt by the Spirit, we have the promise, privilege and power of the divine nature. Having been saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, with the privilege to pray, every believer should strive to obtain and preserve the nature of God.
Christ our Master expects that we should be like Him. “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master”. As He imparts His nature, power and effect of Calvary in us “nothing shall be impossible” to us. Although many signs and mighty works were done in the old covenant, the new covenant is better with endless possibilities. Thus, as present-day believers, we should desire this nature to match and surpass the accomplishment of saints in the old covenant. To possess the divine nature, we must acknowledge its possibility; aspire to have it; ask for it; accept, appropriate and advance it in what we do and where we go. We also activate it to avoid being dormant.
- THE PROOF AND FRUIT OF THE DEPRAVED NATURE
Genesis 1:26,27; 3:9; 6:5; Exodus 32:7; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:26,28,32; Ephesians 4:17-19
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” This was God’s actual intention. However, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and lost the divine nature. Humanity inherited this evil, satanic nature. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. Therefore, He wanted to circumcise the Israelites so they would love Him with all their heart, soul and mind; and have His righteous, supernatural and spiritual nature in them but they “corrupted themselves”. Instead of having the divine nature, they had the depraved nature. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”.
The Scripture clearly reveals the proofs of the depraved nature inherent in the unsaved. They “walk in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God… Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness.” But Christ’s atonement restores sinful man to salvation and replaces his depraved nature with the divine nature.
2.THE PROMISE AND THE FAITH FOR THE DIVINE NATURE
2 Peter 1:3,4; Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 3:18; Colossians 3:1-4
In Christ, we have “exceeding great and precious promises” by which we become possessors “of the divine nature”. Christ came to restore the original nature and “dominion” man had lost. In our lives and ministries, He is able to restore and repair everything we lost in Adam. If God can keep you free from sin for one day, He can do it the following day and for the rest of your life. His plan and promise for us is “to be conformed to the image of his Son…” Since we are God’s temple, nothing defiling should be found in us. Believers must “come out from” worldly way of thinking, opinion, superstition, corruption, ideology and expression to possess the divine nature. We must also look to Christ to be “changed into the same image [as His] from glory to glory”. To obtain the promise of the divine nature, we must exercise faith and “Set [our] affection [concentration, focus, love and heart] on things above, not on things on the earth”.
3.OUR PROGRESS THROUGH FOCUS ON HIS DISPLAYED NATURE
2 Peter 1:3-8
Believers are bound to make progress by focusing on the nature Christ displayed and demonstrated while on earth. The progress He has “called us to [is that of] glory and virtue”, not to sickness, shame, oppression or humiliation. We are called to possess the attributes of Christ which include faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; virtue; knowledge; temperance, that is, self-control; patience, which is perseverance; godliness – the character of God; brotherly kindness and charity. With these virtues in our lives, we “shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. This knowledge gives us victory and dominion, and translates to power in our lives. However, we must not doubt the divine nature or its work in our lives. Rather, we should activate it anytime we meet with any challenge. We must allow the kindness and love of God flow through us to the sick, depressed and troubled people around us.
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