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Glorious Divine Nature – The Characters

TOPIC: GLORIOUS DIVINE NATURE
TEXT: 2 PET. 1:1-4; PS. 119:1-18; 117
AIM: To teach us what the divine nature is and the two immutable things for acquiring it in our lives as believers in Christ.
M/VERSE: 2 PET. 1:4

 

The divine nature describes the kind of life the believer in Christ is called to receive and to live while here in a world that is full of corruption and lust. God is said to have given us the privilege of partaking in this nature according to His divine power through all that belongs to life and godliness. This gift of divine nature is received through the knowledge of God and Christ, the Son of God. This is described as a call to inherit the glory and virtue of His life and kingdom.

THE CHARACTERS OF DIVINE NATURE – PS. 117 

The character of divine nature is revealed by the words that portray it. The divine power brings divine knowledge, and the divine knowledge brings divine nature.

A) The Call to the Entrance-Ps, 117 

In Ps. 117, God called both the people of the Old Testament and those of the New Testament to come and enter into His glory. He called us to His mercy – His unmerited favor. It is by His mercy we enter into His divine nature. Entering into the divine nature is a migration from human nature to a completely new and different nature. This is God’s way of making us escape the corruption that is in the world through lust- the corruption dominating human nature in the world through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I Jn. 2:15-17). The divine nature is the glory inside the nature inside, not the nature outside. The way people are controlled by human nature outside is a sign of corruption inside. The Psalmist declared, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way” (Ps. 119:1). This is talking of living above reproach e.g. Nathaniel questioned, “Can anything good come from Nazareth? (Jn. 1:46), Jesus testified of him as he was coming to Him and said, “Behold the Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile” (Jn. 1:47). Nathaniel was searching for the divine nature for the only thing good is divine nature; for in our sinful nature dwells no good thing (Rom. 7:18); and Jesus said that our sinful nature counts for nothing (Jn. 6:63). How many of us today are hungry for life above reproach like Nathanael? The divine nature is a very sensitive nature that any offense can pollute it we must have a conscience void of offense (Acts ’24:16; I Tim. 1:18-20). Because the divine nature is not being pursued today by God’s people, many speak lies and it does not move them.

B) The Opening of the Divine Nature-Ps. 119:1-8

God opened it with blessing (Ps. 119:2). This nature is like the wind which we can’t predict (Jn. 3:3-8). It can be compared to an insect called “butterfly” which migrates from a caterpillar and yet no trace of a caterpillar can be found in it. Those who seek God with their whole heart and keep His testimonies are like that. By the Spirit and the Word, they are made to migrate from the nature of sin to the divine nature; to the level where no trace of sinful nature can be found in them. Another name for the divine nature is “the stature of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). We are called to seek God with a full heart, comparable to a full moon when it appears. No one can live a Christian life without Christ living in him or her. The Christian life is life from heaven where we have our citizenship (Col. 1:27-29; Phil. 3:20-21).

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C) The Direction of our Way by God-Ps. 119:1-8

This is done in us through the word of God, through teaching and personal study; moving from new birth level to the level of divine nature or stature. This is moving from the blood level to the water level where we are washed by the water of the word (Eph. 5:26-27). The word washes us from the flesh and its corruptions when we yield to the Spirit instead of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-26).

D) Melody of Heart Coming from Divine Approval- Ps. 119:1-8

This is a call to obedience. Obedience is serving God with the uprightness of heart. This can be compared to the creation of Adam; created innocent, with a test to pass before eating the fruit of righteousness – the Tree of Life to become righteous (Gen. 2). Adam was created innocent, not righteous he was created innocent to learn and partake God’s righteousness. The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled this pattern for us in the New Testament so that we can follow His example (Matt. 3:14-17; | Pet. 2:21). There is joy or melody of divine approval that comes as a result of learning and partaking of His righteousness (Heb. 1:8-9).

 

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