What is the Divine Nature?

The subject of this Blog is the Divine Nature. The Divine Nature is the nature of man “after” God’s Grace produces Salvation within the human soul.  Salvation creates a clean new heart. Salvation produces the holy action, the holy conduct, and the holy behavior of a child of God. Scriptures clearly teach that a man without Christ is born with a carnal and unholy nature. The human race has “naturally” been out of harmony with God since the Fall of Adam. Adam lost humanities Divine Nature in the Original Sin. God through His promise of a Saviour restores man with a Divine Nature through the actual person of Christ. What Adam lost, Christ restores by the power of God.

Many questions have been asked. How is the Divine Nature obtained? How is Divine Nature maintained? And, how or can the Divine Nature be lost? Allow me to clarify.

The Divine Nature is a God-given nature given to the believer in Christ after forgiveness from sin and redemption from sin takes place in the new birth. The believing soul thus makes union with God in the Spirit and a new nature is received. The new nature is divine, holy, and morally right. Why? Because this new moral nature comes from a living Christ in the new birth. The believer in Christ thus becomes a new creature in Christ…created by a living God. This is why Christianity is not religion.

In order to more clearly define the nature of man one must understand the human make-up. Man’s human being consists of body, soul, and spirit. Within the human being you have the mind, will, and intellect which is: (the mental process);  the part of man that chooses and decides (the soul); the eternal make-up of man that is judged by God (in the spirit); and the physical body (that is controlled by the soul and spirit).  The soul, spirit, and body are the “whole man”. If the whole man is without Christ his carnal nature makes him unholy. If the whole man is “regenerated” by the Spirit in the new birth he has been given a new and Divine Nature. Thus the whole man is made Divine by the power of God’s Grace to live and act like a child of God.  You may find this point hard to believe but the Divine Nature is greater than the Carnal Nature. Why? The Bible teaches where sin abounds Grace does much more abound.

The Divine Nature is greater than the carnal nature. Christ is behind the Divine; sin is behind the carnal. Christ is above and more powerful than sin or the carnal nature. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested to destroy this work of the Devil.  Greater is He that is in the child of God. Greater is the Divine! Don’t be deceived into believing the carnal nature is greater than the Divine Nature. That’s the way the world thinks. Spiritual things are foolishness to a “natural” man. A natural man doesn’t “know” the things of God. Many today are trapped into that way of thinking.

A new heart. A new life and a clean moral nature. The blessing of Salvation. No longer physically controlled by unholiness of character or conduct. The Divine Nature which we partake of when we receive Christ makes us clean and holy. The Divine Nature gives us a new character; a new behavior; and a new conduct. Morally right because we are made right by the righteousness of God in Christ. No longer children of wrath. No longer under the Judgement of an angry God. No longer children of disobedience who follow the works of the Devil. No longer hopeless or helpless. No longer in natural rebellion against God.  No longer lawless or disobedient. Subject to Christ. Morally changed! Led of the Spirit. A partaker of the Divine Nature is made right and given power to do right!

God promised! God breathed! God directed! The blessing of Abraham. The promise of the Spirit upon the Gentiles. A moral change and new nature given from Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit. Partakers of a Divine Nature.  

2 Peter 1:3-4…According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

1 Corinthians 2:14…But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them

Ephesians 2:3…Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath

About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at holy.sermon.net, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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11 Responses to What is the Divine Nature?

  1. jay757575 says:

    I’ll leave it at this:

    Adam before he fell had the capability to both sin and to not sin. He did not have the inability to sin.

    Believers in heaven will fully have, according to 1 John 3:9, an inability to sin.

    Any difference between the two will bear itself out.

    God bless and Merry Christmas

  2. jay757575 says:

    I guess the nutshell of my question is:

    Did Adam, before the fall, have a divine nature? If so, without having a sin nature, how could he have sinned? (1 John 3:9) If not, then what did he have?

    • rickroehm says:

      Adam was created perfect. Perfect obedience, perfect holiness, and perfect love. Divine and without spot or blemish. Sin did not exist. Commanded by God “not” to eat the forbidden fruit….but did it anyway. Beguiled by the serpent to become a violator. This single violation of God’s Law allowed “guilt” to enter the holy world of creation. As a result God cursed the whole human family and thus mankind would be born naturally “out of harmony with God”. Humanity that followed was thus born with a sin nature from birth….but in the same promise made to the serpent the power of Jesus was promised as a means of deliverance. Adam had free will. As a result of his sin mankind today has a corrupt will from birth. Man is a rebel by nature, depraved, and out of harmony with God. Inherited sin because of the fall of Adam. Great question!

      • rickroehm says:

        Only redemption from Christ can forgive the acts of sin and only the power of the Holy Spirit can remove or rid man from the inherited sin nature.

        Adam fell in a mud puddle and the whole human family got dirty.

        Love. R

      • ptl2010 says:

        Thank you Pastor Rick for your clarifications on this subject. God bless you Jay7575757 for your questions. Merry Christmas to you.

      • jay757575 says:

        I guess what I’m driving at, (and what I believe has yet to be answered), is whether the nature that we received as Christians is exactly the same as the one that Adam had before he fell. I get it that he was created perfect, but even that must be placed in context. How can you state he was perfectly obedient when he wasn’t? His being beguiled by the serpent isn’t actually accurate in light of the scriptures, since it was Eve who was directly deceived and Adam was straightforwardly disobedient (1 Timothy 2:14) . His soul wasn’t corrupt before he ate the fruit, yet he ate the fruit. Only Jesus was perfectly obedient especially in the face of deception and temptation. Only He was perfect in His obedience to His Father to worship Him only, to not heed anything that was contrary to His Father’s will and desire. In all due respect, you seem to dodge answering the question by citing characteristics of Adam without pinpointing any of the differences between his nature before the fall and all believers who will be glorified in heaven. There must be a difference given the fact that he was free to sin or not sin, and did, while its apparent that not one believer, once glorified in heaven, will ever sin.

        He had no sin nature, but can it be said he had the seed from 1 John 3:9? That verse explicitly states that anyone who has His seed remains in him and that he is NOT able to sin. Obviously he sinned. Yet he DID NOT have a sin nature which would be in conflict with God’s seed, as is the case with believers on earth. That’s the only reason that believers on earth sin (Romans 7:17). But if this seed was all he had, without having a sin nature, then there couldn’t have been any other outcome but sinlessness…..

        Yet obviously, that was not the case…..

        So again I ask, what exactly did he have before he fell, and by contrast what did he NOT have that believers in Christ do have?

      • rickroehm says:

        Dear Brother I will conclude this thread with one last reply: Adam, God’s creation of perfect man was NOT created with a sin nature…but free will. Man was perfect. The earth was perfect. God’s Law was to OBEY the command. No violations – no guilt – no shame. All was well until the serpent tricked and man violated God’s Law. Adam’s disobedience is what started the “fallen state of man” up to now. God’s promise for restitution? Christ who can and does restore man to the state Adam had before the fall. Christians today with a divine nature and a sanctified heart are in perfect harmony with God – like Adam was BEFORE the Fall. In Heaven all men are sanctified – and on earth in the future Kingdom at the end of the 1000 year reign – man and earth will be perfect like Adam was before the Fall. No more need for redemption – the Devil and Hell will be cast into the sea of fire. Great study but only God will get you settled in your heart. The divine nature with entire sanctification is what allows man to be restored completely on this side of Heaven. Faithful is He who will do it…on this side and in Heaven….body, soul, and spirit wholly . 1 Thess 5:23-25…And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

  3. jay757575 says:

    Understood…..and as you state “but after God cursed the human family – the will of man was no longer free – but controlled by sin.“ This is true, in as much that scripture brings it into context. Overall it would seem to indicate that man’s will cannot end his propensity to sin due the fallen nature, nor before salvation, is he able to understand the things of God. In this he is not free . And yet scripture states clearly that God can and does draw men to Himself, and can compel them to make a choice. This is where man can choose to receive or reject Him.
    To say otherwise would make man a robot or a forced participant.

    Which brings up my original question. Based on your answer, are you implying that believers in heaven will not have free will either?

    • rickroehm says:

      The soul is in charge of man and is the power to choose and decide. If the soul is corrupt – choices and decisions will be corrupt and ungodly. If the soul is redeemed and morally changed by Grace (the divine nature) the choices and decisions of man will be godly. Therefore all in Heaven will be redeemed and regenerated by the power of God’s Eternal and Holy Grace. They only do the will of God. Simply put through redemption from Christ – man is restored to the state Adam was in in “before the fall”. The will of God is accomplished when fallen man gets rid of the corrupt will and becomes a man of God. Old will crushed – thy will be done on Earth and in Heaven. RR

  4. jay757575 says:

    Good read. I’ve been doing a lot of digging lately on attaining an understanding through scripture about the nature of Adam before he fell in contrast to the nature of believers in Christ. The former had no sin nature, yet he sinned and of course became condemned, cut off from fellowship with God, no more intimate communion.

    Believers, on the other hand, are not condemned when they sin. They need to repent of course. They don’t lose the function of God’s divine nature, but can cut off fellowship. This I believe is due to the nature of Christ’s death on the cross, paying the penalty of all sins. But my question lies in the subjective nature of the free will.

    Your article, as such, stirred up questions that I was wondering if you had any insight to, let alone time to answer…..

    My question is if Adam didn’t have a sin nature and fellowshipped with God, yet sinned, what prevents believers in heaven from not doing the same?
    It still remains a question of free will and character. It’s stated that wisdom is acting upon one’s knowledge. Adam fellowshipped with God in the garden, and yet it is apparent he still didn’t have the wisdom and character to pass the test.

    In my studies it’s thus far never been made clear whether Adam’s nature, before the fall, was distinct in some way from believers in Christ, and if so, how? Did he have a divine nature like believers in Christ do? If that’s the case, how was it that his was susceptible to no longer function as such if he sinned? The follow up question, however, is how is it, what is it that guarantees, that there won’t be a single believer in heaven whose freedom to choose will not stray in some way, as was the case with Adam and Lucifer? Both were sinless, both in perfect environments, both directly related to God in purity, none influenced by God to go contrary to Him. Is there effectively a loss of the free will? (If that’s the case, how can there be a true response exchange with His love?) Even if He keeps us in our eternal estate with a perfect environment, how does that prevent anyone from daring to exercise their free volition in another direction? (Aren’t there any capable to imagine things outside godly perimeters?)

    I thus far believe that the reason we can’t see through this dark glass yet is because we cannot fully understand, mostly on a subjective level, what its like and what it means to finally be without sin.
    Second, I believe that with all believers, in contrast to Adam, all began in a sinful state. It was a subjective reference point all were subject to at first, not knowing God and/or having any real inclination towards Him.
    Upon receiving Him, a believer receives a new nature which incorporates new desires he never had before. These desires are one of joy, peace and love, all inexplicable in many ways, yet an affirmation that He is true and is preferable in light of our former existence.

    This inner contrast alone brings in an understanding that can and does induce gratitude and even worship. Through all this, the free Will is influenced, not coerced, to believe. Enlightenment is the term used to convey a subjective, as well as an objective understanding that cannot be undone. Adam never had this personal understanding of contrast in his existence in the garden. He did have God, who, of course, was more than sufficient, yet he still was meant to choose on his own accord based on what he knew. God honored man’s free volition as the very means His love could ever have meaning outside Himself.

    This seems to somehow be effectually at work with God’s elect angelic host ever since the great rebellion.

    So how is it that in heaven the free Will is never violated and yet not one will ever exercise it in a contrary sense as was the case in past history?

    My simple answer, still a mystery, perhaps more profound than I realize…..to be conformed into His image means to be like Jesus in particular. He never sinned while on earth, even though tempted, simply because His desires were predisposed to love His Father. It’s His learning obedience as a man that is incorporated in our being made one with Him and the Father (John 17). We will know Him as He knows us, a corporate intimacy within His body that God hadn’t completed and consummated until then.

    Still not sure, though, if this precludes any free will capacity to be contrary…..

    …..After all, isn’t the very essence of being autonomous mean that one is capable to be contrary?

    Sorry if I rambled a bit in my thoughts on this. Just hoping that some concrete answer could be in the offing…..any response would be most appreciated…..

    • rickroehm says:

      Jay – the fact of the matter is Adam did have free will – but after God cursed the human family – the will of man was no longer free – but controlled by sin. Only the power of Christ can rid man of a morally corrupt – carnal nature. The divine nature is God’s blessing that restores man to a holy state. By the disobedience of one many were made sinners – by the obedience of Christ shall many be made righteous. God Bless and stay on it. God’s Spirit and the holy Scriptures will confirm. RR

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