DIVINE NATURE PART II
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:1-3
God and His Word are One. Every religious person will agree that God is the Creator of all things. The scriptures make clear that all things were made by the Word and without the Word was not anything made that was made.
Brethren, “in the beginning God” is also the “in the beginning Word”. Genesis 1:1. Anywhere a reference is made to God; that can be perfectly replaced with the Word. The scriptures record that the Word became flesh.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
It is absolutely impossible to be partakers of divine nature without the Word of God. II Peter 1:4. Jesus Christ, in His earthly ministry, was God the Son and the Word of God the Father. He manifested the nature of God the Father as a perfect example to us. He was One with the Father. Jesus Christ said:
“I and my Father are one.” – John 10:30
Friends, every believer in Jesus Christ can so gain access to divine nature to the point of manifesting as one with the Father just like Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s Oneness with the Father is traceable to unparallel obedience to the Father and doing only things that please the Father. The Bible says:
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” – John 5:30
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” – John 8:29
Friends, any believer will gain access to divine nature by becoming unrepentantly obedient to God’s word and consistently doing things that please Him. The challenge with man (even believers) is that we tend to obey God when it is convenient but disobey Him when we think it is not convenient and reason that He should understand. Yes, He does but the danger is with that kind of understanding places us as babies rather than sons (matured children of God).
The more we do things that please God, the more we become spiritually mature which is pivotal to our experience of divine nature. Pleasing God may not always be pleasing to self but it is most beneficial to us in our journey of divine nature. Pleasing God at all times was not naturally easy for Jesus Christ. Remember His redemption work to rescue us from the enemy; it was pleasing to God but it was agony to His flesh, yet, He went through it with joy!
Stop obeying God out of convenience; start obeying Him at all cost and by all means. Stop doing what pleases God once in a while; start doing only what pleases God at all times. What should come to mind at any time you are confronted with any situation is; what does the word say? Then go ahead and do what the Word says against what your flesh, mind, emotion or the world say. Always ask yourself; will this please God? If it will, do it! If it will not stop there and don’t do it.
The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God; those that have divine nature! My prayer for you is that you are one of them!
Scriptures for meditation: Phil. 2:5-11; John 8:28-29
Jesus is Lord!