Influencers Devotionals

My Promise to You- Jesus DAY ONE

June 27, 2022

Partaking of the Divine Nature

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”  2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)

When I first read the passage above it gave me great comfort.  I didn’t overthink it or try to dig into deeper commentaries on it.  I simply took it at face value.  I perceived that I was given a way to find help with many of the challenges of life I was going through.  I focused on these words, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness …”  In these words and promise I saw a resource, even a divine power, to guide me.  Realizing this, encouragement coursed through me and I felt that I had been given a kingdom secret that would guide me.  It has indeed!  Listen closely.  At seventy-seven years of age and forty years with following the truths I’m about to share, I can say that they are real and will guide you to your heart’s desires.

As I read further in the scripture, these other words caught my eyes, “he has granted to us his precious and very great promises.”   At once I knew that God’s promises were given for a purpose, and the promises themselves would be my guide.  Of course, early on I was looking for a quick answer to my problems, and in some cases the wisdom that came from God’s promises would help me navigate certain challenges in life.  But I would discover that the promises are given for a greater purpose and in fact, a life changing purpose.  What would that purpose be?  Here’s what the passage above states: “that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, …”  Wow!!

A question might be asked as to how God’s promises can become a vehicle for change, and they lead us to “become partakers of the divine nature?”  Well think about it.  Isn’t our relationship with God based on faith and doesn’t it make sense that faith needs to be reinforced to grow?  I have discovered that God not only rewards our faith, He reinforces it as well.  He invites us to depend on Him and to trust Him.  His promises are just that.  They are divine messages to His children that He is aware of our needs, and He has a provision for them.  Those needs vary, and so do His promises.  That is why there are over seven thousand promises from God to people in the Bible.  There’s a promise for every need if we will look for it and read more deeply into it to see what might lay below the surface.

I find it interesting that God makes clear His purpose and agenda for His promises.  He wants us to partake of the divine nature.  I personally believe God intends that partaking in the divine nature will benefit us two ways.  The first is to actually partake of Him … to enjoy Him.  THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM states that Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”  I believe this to be true.  God wants His family to enjoy Him now and … forever.  But the second reason He wants us to partake in the divine nature is to reform us to be more like Christ.  The divine nature is best summarized and described by the nature of Jesus Christ, and the Fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.  When we partake of the divine nature through the promises God gives us to take us there, it will lead to abiding with Him.  It is in this close proximity to Him that He rubs off on us.  His nature begins to replace our old flesh nature and it is God’s purpose for our life to be recreated in a likeness of Jesus.  It is called becoming Christ-like.

The promises of God will lead us to our heart’s desires and God’s desire for us as well.  Let me make a case for them for the next several days and make you hungry for them.  The banquet table has been set.  So, dig in.