Salvation: Partakers of The Divine Nature

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Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-4 For by these He has granted to us His great precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

I.  Partnering With God:

  • Partakers of the divine nature the word partakers in the Greek means to partner, to be at one with,
  • In John 17:21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, That they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
  • Remember Jesus only spoke and did what His Father told him to speak and do.
  • They were one with another partners together.
  • In a marriage union you become one flesh, you partner with one another.
  • In marriage you fully know them, completely know them, the likes and dislikes of one another and you do that which pleases each other.
  • This is what it means to be a partaker of the divine nature, to partner with God to be at one with, to fully know him, to completely know him.
  • To only do what you see the father doing in scripture.
  • To be a working unit together.
  • To fully know our new partner inside of us is to learn of Him through His words.
  • So we can think like He thinks thereby doing what He has done and continues to do.

II.  Knowledge of God:

  • We cannot underestimate the power of taking in and understanding the knowledge about who God is.
  • God’s word is powerful sharper than any two edge sword.
  • Just the word of God alone brought into existence all that we see before us.
  • So believing in that very same word is just as powerful.
  • In verse 1 precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our savior Jesus Christ.
  • Verse 2 grace and peace will be multiplied through the knowledge of God.
  • Verse 3 His divine power has given to us everything that pertains to life and godliness and it says it again that it is through the knowledge of him.
  • In verse 4 He has granted to us His great precious and magnificent promises so that by them you MAY become partakers of the divine nature.
  • SO here is the truth right here the main point.
  • Faith in these great precious magnificent promises will positively insure that you will be a partaker of the divine nature.
  • At the point when you fully completely believe in the specific promise the Holy Spirit inside of you reacts to your faith and the word you believed in becomes a part of your thinking process thereby making you a marriage partner in the divine nature.
  • The essence of God inside of us is in seed form and needs knowledge in order grow into the divine nature of God.
  • Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  • If we are to walk in the Spirit the flesh must die.
  • Because you cannot do the one with the other.
  • One must die while the other thrives.
  • But it takes time, determination to go all the way with Christ.
  • Hence according to the previous verse Galatians 5:16 the more we walk in the Spirit the less we will carry out the desires of the flesh.
  • The one overrides the other over through the process of time and increased in the knowledge of God and our savior Jesus Christ.

III.  Be Willing to Surrender Our All:

  • Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  • We must humble ourselves as a child, be emptied of all previous knowledge in order to soak up the knowledge of God.
  • Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
  • Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Meek in the Greek means to be gentle, to be humble.
  • So how important is it to become a child in the ways of the Spirit extremely important.
  • A child always hungers to learn more and more always asking why, why, why.
  • Except we become as little children we shall in no wise enter in.
  • Be willing to surrender our all to take in this knowledge that God has given to us
  • Hebrews 12:7- 11 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
  • Chastening in the Greek means to train or to discipline or give instruction in the way that is right.
  • There it is again, ”we might be partakers of His holiness.”
  • It yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercising daily faith in the word and by circumstantial situations that draw us to God.
  • Last week we learned The Greek word for Born is gennao meaning to become the parent of.
  • God chastens us as His children, why? it is the only way we learn His way is the best way.
  • In 1 Peter 3:1 in the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands.
  • Submissive is the Greek word hypotasso which means to obey, to make subordinate, to be subject too.
  • As the wives are submissive to our spiritual leadership as husbands we are to be submissive to our groom Jesus as being the bride of Christ.
  • The first step in our Born-again into the Spirit life we need to be humble in God’s sight, we must humble ourselves to His knowledge and authority.
  • The same word is used when Joseph and Mary found Jesus who was twelve years old being left behind was found at the temple, Luke 2: 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them or in subjection to them, is the same Greek word being used hypotasso.
  • We know absolutely nothing about thinking, crawling, or walking in the Spirit unless the Holy Spirit teaches us through the word of the Lord.
  • We cannot learn if we are not submissive and do not have a teachable spirit.

IV.  The Raging Battle:

  • James 4: 4 – 6 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
  • Lusteth to envy, ESV uses the word yearns the Greek word is epippotheo which means long for; desire intensely
  • Picture a Mother or a Father who desires intensely for their children to listen to their sound advice to steer away from the pitfalls of life.
  • Why because they love them so fiercely that they want what is best for them.
  • Now picture the Holy Spirit inside of you intensely desiring, fiercely yearning for you to steer away from the pitfalls of life.
  • Learning the ways of the Holy Spirit, walking in the ways of the Holy Spirit you cannot do by performing outward manifestations of our human flesh.
  • Friendship of the world is the enemy of God.
  • Why do you think that is?
  • Because the world does all things by physical labor, individual striving relying on themselves to do all works required of them.
  • Knowing this, we cannot do any striving of the physical strength of our body nor mind to do the requirements of the spirit.
  • Why? Because we are not spirit!!!
  • Look at it another way.
  • In Galatians 5: 16-17 NASB But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
  • So if we learn to walk by the Spirit you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.
  • But how do we do this?
  • You see, in sin what was formerly easy to do before Christ is now harder because after Christ there is opposition to that sin so that you may not do the things that you please.
  • The Spirit inside makes you uncomfortable when it comes to the same sins you did before.
  • Anything regarding the flesh (labor, strength, muscle, brute force) is set against the Spirit and the Spirit is against the flesh.
  • They are complete opposites.
  • One wants to do his own way and the other does it for you.
  • Flesh is self-service and the Holy Spirit is full-service.
  • Flesh you clean the carpet yourselves and the Holy Spirit company cleans the carpets for you.
  • Either you push the car to your destination or you allow the car to take you to your destination.
  • In John 4:12 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  • Therefore we must submit, surrender to the Holy Spirit to do all things for us.
  • The answer for all our struggles is in God’s word and through the Spirit.
  • So three things we must do with every situation in order to walk in the Spirit.
    1. Identify God’s position on the Subject. Is it right or wrong?
    2. In your heart set your mind on obeying and responding like Jesus to that position.
    3. Then call on the Holy Spirit to empower your decision base on the biblical position.
  • You are walking by the Spirit by doing this.
  • Galatians 5:25 If we live (meaning your saved) in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
  • “If we live” in the Greek this word means to become alive again, born-again.
  • So by the wording in the scripture it is possible to be born-again in the Spirit but not be walking by the Spirit.
  • That is why walking in the Spirit has to be learned, first we crawl, then walk totter around holding onto things until we can walk in the Spirit without falling over.
  • It wont be easy it will be awkward at first. Just keep doing it.
  • By doing this every time with the sin easily besets you, you are including the triune Godhead to be involved with every problem.

Note:

If this series helps you or your new converts please feel free to use and copy. This is not an exhaustive research of scriptures on the subject I just used what I felt led of the Holy Spirit to use. If this helps in any way please email me.

Thank You findintimacywithchrist@gmail.com

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