God promised godliness
The Lord promised that the believer can pray to be filled with the divine nature of God: “by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
Sin marred God’s image
Adam and Eve were created “in the image of God” (Gen. 1:27), but sin ruined that godly nature. Christ came to restore that which was lost, and the believer may therefore anticipate to have the divine image restored to his soul by faith “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).
God’s unlimited possibilities
This possibility should ever be before the Christian to motivate him to seek victory over sin. He will attain this goal to the extent that he accepts and uses the powers concealed in the spiritual gifts that Christ has made ready to him. The change begins at the new birth and reaches until Christ second coming (1 John 3:2).
- The Lord assures us that the believer can be:
- “saved to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25)
- “more than conqueror” (Romans 8:37)
- “always triumph” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
- “have blessings “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)
- “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
- “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
How to receive the divine nature
And the Lord assures the believers of these blessings saying, “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Heb. 3:14). Through constant connection with Christ, the believer shares in the victory and divine nature of his Savior, and may receive of the blessing that are granted to him through Christ’s great sacrifice upon the cross and His ministry as high priest in heaven. His unity with Christ through daily study of the Word and prayer will make this experience possible (Gal. 2:20). “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5).
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