Let’s be frank.
If a smooth salesman tried to sell me on this, my reaction would be, You don’t really think I’d believe that, do you? And I’d try to keep from laughing aloud, just to be kind. After all, who would fall for a line like he was giving me?
If he told me he could give me everything I needed to live the life I want to live.
If he told me I could shake free of my human nature.
And if he told me I could share God’s divine nature.
Pretty incredible claims. Out-of-this-world claims.
Who would believe it?
I believe it … When the person telling me this is the Almighty Creator, my Father who gave me life.
From 2 Peter 1:
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
Ah, you see, this is what makes the difference between an unbelievable claim and this promise from God – divine power! This, my friends, is a gift from the Father to His sons and daughters.
I don’t live a perfect life—that’s not the meaning of holy.
Instead, the word means*:
Consecrated, or set aside for sacred use. (I want to be that.)
Standing apart from sin and evil (yes, want that too.)
Characteristic of God, especially the Holy Spirit (may it be so, Father!)
We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Come to know Him. Best thing I ever did. Gave me a new life. I desperately needed one. And now He’s giving me all these things! I stand in a place of undeserved privilege. (see Romans 5:2)
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.
I call them bridges of hope. The sure, solid, trustworthy Word of God that enables us to go forward along our path, confident of what will happen. His Word is our guidebook. His mercy and love gave His children this guidance for navigating our way through life.
These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by evil desires.
Incredible though it sounds to those who don’t know our Father, He’s already planted His nature in His children and is changing us to be more and more like Him.
And all of these privileged, incredible things He gives us now are only a taste of the ultimate, full, completed glory that He’s planned!
*definitions from the NLT Word Study System, New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.