Possessing the nature of God – Part 2
In Christ, we have “exceeding great and precious promises” by which we become possessors “of the divine nature”. Christ came to restore the original nature and “dominion” man had lost. In our lives and ministries, He is able to restore and repair everything we lost in Adam.
If God can keep you free from sin for one day, He can do it the following day and for the rest of your life. God’s intention, plan, promise for us is “to be conformed to the image of his Son…” We are God’s Temple and nothing defiling should be found in us. If God lives inside of you, then He will cause every idol to fall for your sake, because greater is he that is in you, than he who lives in the world.
But we must “come out from” the worldly way of thinking, opinion, superstition, corruption, ideologies and manner of speech, to have the nature of God’s children. We must also look to Christ to be “changed into the same image [as His] from glory to glory”. To obtain the promise for the divine nature, we must “Set [our] affection [concentration, focus, love and heart] on things above, not on things on the earth.”
We are bound to make progress as we focus on the nature Christ displayed and demonstrated while on earth. The progress He has “called us to [is that of] glory and virtue”, not to sickness, shame, oppression or humiliation. The nature of Christ, which we focus on to experience progress include faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; virtue to think on; the knowledge of the Lord; temperance, that is, self-control; patience, which is perseverance; godliness – the character of God; brotherly kindness and charity (love).
With these in our lives, “[we] shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This knowledge gives us victory, dominion and translates to power in our lives. Spiritual and physical barrenness would be taken away from us. However, we must not doubt the divine nature or its work in our lives. Rather, we should activate it anytime we meet with any challenge. We must possess the victory and spread it everywhere we go, and allow the kindness and love of God to flow through us to the sick, depressed and troubled people around us.
Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Peter 1:3,4; Luke 6:40; John 14:12; Matthew 17:20; Mark 10:27; 9:23. Genesis 1:26,27; 3:9; 6:5; Exodus 32:7; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:26,28,32; Ephesians 4:17-19. 2 Peter 1:3,4; Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 3:18; Colossians 3:1-4. 2 Peter 1:3-8.
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