In the last posting we were intrigued to learn that we could become “partakers of the divine nature.” We are overwhelmed that the amazing grace of God has allows us to share, participate, and partner with Him in all of life’s moments. In Christ we have a redeemed nature that shares in the qualities that are true of God.
Look again at what Peter declares, and look for the secret of this level of communion with God:
2 Peter 1:2-4a. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, . . .
Notice what I have bolded. His precious and magnificent promises enable us to share life in union with God’s very nature. Here is where faith kicks in. His promises await our embrace by confident faith. We hear what God commits to be and do in our lives, and we respond. We believe it is possible to walk in fellowship with God, experiencing in our redeemed nature His divine nature, right here and right now.
Too many to list here. But let’s cite a couple of very compelling ones.
The Great Commission includes the most “precious and magnificent” promise. The King of glory, now resurrected, with life and liberty to all who will believe, gave orders to His chosen ambassadors to go into the whole world and bring people to Christ and to Christ-likeness. Here’s the undergirding promise of our commission. “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19b NET
This promise solidified what Jesus has told His disciples before the cross. In the Upper Room Discourse in John’s Gospel (14:18-23a), He said it plainly:
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.“
One of His disciples required further clarification. He asked, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”
Here is Christ’s answer: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”
So, the Father and His Son, Jesus, will make their abode in our hearts. And let’s include in this promise the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
So be encouraged at these promises. God will never leave you, nor forsake you. He abides in you even as you read these words. May His peace affirm His presence in you right now as you rest in these promises.