Participants In The Divine Nature

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.

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3 Responses to Participants In The Divine Nature

  1. Pingback: 2 Peter 1:1-11: Through These You May Be Partakers Of The Divine Nature | Edge Induced Cohesion

  2. Catharine Martin says:

    Yes, this subject is a deep one and will also be viewed by some as contentious in some areas. Humans are a unique specie in that we were not created after our own kind–like the animal kingdom–but after the God one. We therefore remain incomplete until full conversion occurs from the created “rurwach” spirit within us to God’s divine holy one. This is the spiritual capstone of His creative process, reserved for us as His crowning glory. The physical creation, described in Genesis 1, proclaimed God’s work each day as “good”–except for the second and last part of the sixth–the creation of the heavens and that of man. We find that within the definition of “good” lies the concept of incompleteness, which indicates that God was not finished with them. This is because they had spiritual connotations attached to their creations. God specifically “blessed” His creation of mankind (in the very next verse) and, in the last verse of Chapter 1, pronounced His entire physical creation “very good.” His handiwork was indeed excellent; the “very” modifies the meaning of “good” to indicate this meaning.

    • I haven’t gotten in this particular series to Genesis, but it’s definitely a matter I plan to discuss, especially as it relates to the two trees and the sort of “incompleteness” that humanity had with regards to the divine nature at creation.

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