Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 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. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
Partaking Of The Divine Nature
Life in Jesus Christ is filled with the immeasurable blessings of the Heavenly Father. Created to glorify the Father, man finds his fulfillment in the covenant relationship of redemption through the knowledge of Him who called men by glory and virtue. Nothing that man can do or say can express the debt of gratitude held to the blessings of God. He has not promised man blessings alone. His promise is to give man exceedingly great and precious promises beyond the capability of man to understand. Throughout the history of the righteous people of God the promises of the Lord have excelled far beyond what was possible. Noah was saved by the grace of God as he prepared the ark for the saving of his household. Abram was promised a son at the age of 100 including the promises of a land to call his own and the father of a mighty nation. The faith of the saints of God has always been founded upon the incredible blessings and promises of the Lord. When men were faithful to the commandments of God, the exceeding and bountiful blessings were given by the hand of the Lord. He never failed in any promises He made.
Living for the exceedingly great and precious promises of God changes the heart of the man. He bathes in the wonder of the manifold bounty of untold blessings that are unmerited by his own failings. God loves man with an eternal love that overshadows the frailty of a broken spirit and penitent heart. Forgiveness is the divine measuring stick of God’s grace to remove the sin of man and receive him into His presence. What happens in man is he begins to take on the image of his Father and partakes of the divine nature of His righteousness. Jesus exhorted the disciples to be perfect as the Father in Heaven was perfect. Peter extols the virtue of molding the character of the child of God into the image of the divine nature by giving all diligence to add to their faith the virtues of the Father. Examining the graces of God listed by Peter will change the outward and inward disposition of the man of God into the image of the divine Father. Partaking of the divine nature is becoming the divine nature. The spirit of man becomes the image of the Heavenly Father.
Through the exceedingly great and precious promises, man takes on the image of the Heavenly Father. In this metamorphosis of the spirit of man to godliness is the removal of the corruption that is in the world through lust. The graces of God enumerated by Peter will change the heart, soul and mind of man to be the perfection of the image of the Father and slowly remove the harmful influences of a crooked and perverse world. Virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love stand in stark contrast to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. As the child of God learns to mold these graces into the heart, the lusts of the world are driven out. Partaking of the divine nature compels the soul to think on things above where God is and to fill the heart with the purity of His love. The corruption of the world will not dominate the spirit of the child of God who partakes of the divine nature. In the end, the saint will find perfection in the body of Christ that is exceedingly great and precious. All the promises of God are found to be true and the life of the disciple of Christ is measured by the abounding blessings of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Partaking of the divine nature is the life changing experience of molding the character of man to the image of God. All of the graces listed by Peter in his first epistle are the absolutes in matters of spiritual growth or reasons for failings in the spirit of man. Increasing in every area of the grace of God will bring about the surety of salvation. Lacking in these graces will bring failure. The calling and election of the child of God can be made sure when the heart is willing to partake of the divine nature. An entrance will be supplied to those who allow the graces of God to guide their hearts in escaping the corruption of the world and to embody the divine nature of the Father. His divine power has given everything needed pertaining to life and godliness. It comes through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.