“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” (2 Peter 1:4)
Partakers of His divine nature.
Partakers = Strong’s 2844 koinōnós (a masculine noun/substantival adjective) – properly, a participant who mutually belongs and shares fellowship; a “joint-participant.”
Divine = Strong’s 2304 theíos (an adjective, derived from 2316/theós, “God”) – divine, uniquely existing from all that is created; divine, contrasted with all that is temporal (transient). 2304 (theios) was used in ancient Greek and Jewish cultures for “the one, true God” (J. Thayer).
Nature = Strong’s 5449 phýsis – properly, inner nature, underlying constitution (make-up) of someone (something).
[5449 (physis) is the root of the English term “physics” which refers to “the inner nature of . . .”]
5449/physis (“nature”) refers to essence (underlying reality, “inherent nature,” Souter). 2 Pet 1:4 uses 5449/phýsis (“nature”) of God’s eternal nature (Essence).
Let’s put these together: We are “joint participants” of the “One true God’s eternally divine” “inner inherent, eternal nature!”
Being joint participants means we work together, participate with God, not just work for Him! So many times you hear people say they’re doing this for God, ya gotta do that for God – but no, we do life with Him. That’s because it’s a relationship, and Jesus says He calls us His friends, not His servants. (John 15:15) A friend knows what his friend is doing, but a servant does not, because of the lack of relationship there. A servant only does what he is told and for his master – a friend already knows what is in the mind of his friend, and offers to help him, working with him. Don’t we have the mind of Christ? (1 Cor 2:16)
I love looking at the Strong’s meaning of God’s Word and digging deep into His truth! So how does this verse say we become partakers of His divine nature? By His precious and magnificent PROMISES!
Through God’s promises in His Word, we are able to partake in God’s very divine and eternal nature. It’s His Word that changes us. God Himself speaks through the Bible, which is the main way He speaks. When he speaks any other way, such as through dreams and visions, it will always be according to His Word. The more our hearts and minds are filled with His Word, the more we are able to become like Him…
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
It’s His Word, being alive and active in our lives, that convicts our hearts and brings about real lasting change in our nature. This is truly the best way we can become like Jesus everyday, growing closer to Him and become like Him in His divine nature.
Now, let’s talk about His divine nature. One verse I love is 1 John 3:9, which says that “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” When we became born again, we truly received the divine nature of God – His seed, strong’s 4690, sperma, meaning God’s seed, or sperm. Our sperm is what creates another human life, and we reproduce from our own kind. Well, when we receive Jesus and become truly born again, His sperm creates in us His own kind – He reproduces Himself IN US!!! We are God people! His very nature abides in us!
Do you remember how Jesus said that a bad tree cannot produce good fruit, and a good tree cannot produce bad fruit? (Matt 7:18) He was speaking of the man who has accepted Him and become born again. The man in whose nature has become new, according to 2 Cor 5:17, is born of God. And if one is born of God, according to 1 John 3:9, that person cannot sin. He has become a good tree! And what did Jesus say? A good tree CANNOT produce bad fruit!!! It’s now in our NATURE to produce good fruit!
I like this next verse, as it shows what those born of God are meant to be – overcomers: 1 John 5:3-5, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. Who then overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
So let’s allow the Word to work in our lives today, as it is alive and active in us, and receive the promises of God – let’s know what those promises are, then believe and receive them and start walking in them – for His divine nature through His seed abides IN us – He has reproduced His own kind, His own nature within us! No more failure, sin, fear and condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus today!! We have become overcomers in this world – in the world but not OF it…AMEN!