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