Here is a thought: We share in the divine nature.
That is a phrase I feel almost blasphemous to type. What does that even mean?
1 Peter 2:4 says, “Through these (grace and peace) He has given us His very great promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
Do you see what I see? God wants us to participate in His divine nature so that our own nature doesn’t cause us to sin. That sounds like we have a choice. So is it possible to take on God’s divine nature and truly remove our own sinful nature? To what extent can we participate with God’s nature?
According to Paul, there are 2 natures: sinful nature and divine nature. Romans 8:8 says, “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” He goes on to say we have to partner with the Holy Spirit so that He lives in us (Romans 8:11). Paul doesn’t stop there. He takes it a step further by saying that he is no longer a slave (like he was in 7:14), but now he has been adopted into the beloved to be a Son of God, and the Spirit that allows us to participate with God in the divine nature also allows us to be co-heirs with Christ and testifies for us that we are God’s children. It is a beautiful thing to realize that God is calling us to partner with Him, and share in a different kind of nature.
Most people today use the excuse “It’s just my nature” to never change. I’m sure you have heard it as much as I have. Maybe you heard it this way, “It’s just how God made me.” Isn’t it great to know that God understood that about us, and gave us the ability to overcome our earthly habits and nature, and be transformed by His grace and peace so that no matter the circumstances we can all bring Him glory with our godly character.
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