Some time ago, I wrote at some length about the divine nature that Jesus Christ maintained as a human being and how it was that He was a human being in form but not in terms of having a corrupt and fallen human nature like we have. It is worthwhile to note, though, that we are expected to participate in the divine nature, and seeing how it is that the Bible talks about this in various ways can help us to better understand the nature of Christ, and also understand some of the more problematic aspects of human existence that are meant to provide insight into how God operates. So since this is going to be an obscure subject that we talk about, I would like to begin by discussing the scope of this discussion before we get too far into matters, to give a bit of a roadmap to the sort of angles it means to be a participant in the divine nature.
Some of the discussion will of necessity involve the passages that speak of the divine nature and what it involves. Some of these passages will discuss the qualities that must be cultivated by those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. This will require a bit of discussion, as it is obvious that the presence of the Holy Spirit is meant to have a real effect on the lives of people, such that it should be noticeable to other people as a new life.
It will also be worthwhile to discuss the nature of the Holy Spirit and how it is given and the aspects of divine reproduction and how it differs from human reproduction. This discussion will also involve the gender relationships of humanity as it relates to God, as the Bible discusses this in some detail in ways that are highly important in understanding the way that men and women are supposed to get along and why it is that the Bible includes certain passages with gendered implications. Obviously, this sort of material is highly contentious, but at the same time it is something that is well worth understanding in light of the relationship between earth and heaven.
In addition to this, it will be necessary also to discuss the problem of human nature. It is not the form of humanity that is so much the problem as it is our corrupted and debased nature. It has become rather popular, especially recently, for people to ignore or try to downplay or deny the fallen aspects of human nature that require redemption. Yet repeatedly the Bible makes it plain that our entrance into eternal life requires the acquisition of godly character and putting to death our own. This is a serious matter, and one that needs some attention. And, God willing, we will give it the attention it deserves.