We are partakers of the divine nature

We are partakers of the divine nature

Second Peter 1:4 reveals that the believers are “partakers of the divine nature.” The Greek word rendered “partakers” means joint participants, sharers of a common portion. It is the portion of all true believers to partake of the divine nature. We all have this in common.

As Watchman Nee says, “they make thereby us who are born of the Spirit ‘partakers of the divine nature.’ ” This is possible through dependence upon God and by virtue of our being in Christ.

The words “divine nature” mean exactly what they say—the divine nature, that is, the nature of God. It is certainly true to say that believers have the life of God; it is also true to say that they have the nature of God, for life and the nature are inseparable.

There is no need to dilute these words merely to mean certain attributes or virtues that we share with God. Any attributes or virtues that we share with God are the issue of the divine life and nature within us. The qualities mentioned in verses 5 through 7 are the product of the divine nature as well as its expression. Let all true believers abandon their preconceived ideas and allow 2 Peter 1:4 to speak for itself. This verse plainly says that we, the believers in Christ, share the divine nature.

There is a transformation from being a goat to a become a Lion, and there is a transformation even in what we consume has believers. Lions don’t eat grass.

Every Christian experience the truth and the reality of the dual nature within, but not every Christian understands the doctrine or the explanation of the experience. The subject may be stated as follows:-
  1.  Every believer has one nature only, the nature inherited from Adam. The Bible describes the unregenerate man as “The man without the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14)–man as he is by nature and apart from Christ.
  2. When an unbeliever believes and is born again, he receives a completely new nature. He received his old nature by his natural birth and through his union with Adam, but by his second birth, he receives a new nature through his union with the last Adam (2 Corinthians 5:17). Thus, he has two natures within–the old and the new.

3. When we are born again we receive the new nature, but we do not lose the old nature. It is important to note this. While we are in the body, we shall never lose the old Adamic nature; there will always be two natures within us–the old and the new.

4. These two natures within every believer are the exact opposite of each other. One is wholly bad, and the other is wholly good.

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