“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Do you want to become a Partaker of the Divine Nature?
You might say, like many Christians; “well, I never thought of it that way.” How many have never considered it? Well, if I had to guess — I’d say – many, many.
Some would say; “I don’t even know the definition of the words: divine and partakers. And why is this so important anyway?” Well isn’t that obvious? Because partakers have escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. And with God – there is no other way. And our conversation with God needs to get very personal. So personal that you get to the point where you have peace and joy in your life and – there is no other way.
Now let’s clarify what this means. Partaker: “to take part, or have a part, or share along with others in something. Examples can be as simple as sharing a meal, or if your team wins you would become a partaker if you joined the victory celebration. Divine: That which is relating to, or proceeding directly from God.
So a partaker of the divine nature is defined as one who is receiving a share, and sharing of the divine nature of God. And therefore, we can be confident of a certain victory over all corruption and sin. Can you now see how important it is to meditate and look deeper into each word of God’s eternal truth.
Why don’t all Christians partake with God? There are a hundred different reasons, but in each and every case, pride and lust are the pathways that lead away from God. And self-centeredness rather than Christ-centeredness are the end result. Some claim ignorance but it took me only minutes to meditate on the scripture and write this far. So I wouldn’t use that one anymore. People like to say things like: “what you don’t know – won’t hurt you.” But that is a big lie of the world. And oftentimes what you do know will hurt you as well – assuming someone has been taught the lies of the world, or false religious teaching.
Miracles are difficult to embrace. Faith in God is needed. And the things of the Spirit are always miraculous. This is especially true from a worldly point of view. And nobody wants to be viewed as a crazy person. Just this last month an atheist stated online: “Bob West is crazy.” And this came from a person that has never even met me. Do I care? Personally, No – but Spiritually, absolutely Yes. I am on Facebook for one reason specifically – to witness truth to the many who reject Jesus and His eternal Truth.
Those who want to hold onto atheistic worldviews and self-centered ways will never be able to have the mind of Christ, and be Partakers of a Divine Nature – and this is true for Christians also. As Jesus said; “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19
So how can we Partake a Divine Nature. How can we share in a never-ending victory here and now over sinful desires and corruption?
Always pray and then – Three Easy Steps …
Put Off Evil.
“The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers”
2 Corinthians 4:4
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” 1 Corinthians 3:19-20
Renew Your Mind With Truth
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Put On The Love Of Christ
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Believe and trust God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:25-27
In Closing …
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust©2020