Ministry in Words
Participants of the Divine Nature – Part 3
Based on Charles H. Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening devotional
2 Peter 1:3-4
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our
knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has
given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate
in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
Members of the Body of Christ
By “participating in the divine nature” do we become members of the body of the divine
person of Christ? Yes. Apostle Paul says in many of his letters that “we are members of
his (Christ’s) body” (Eph 5:30). Yes, we have the blood of Christ, for the same blood
that flows in the head flows in the hand. Jesus Christ is the head of the body and we are
the members. The same life that raises Christ from the dead raises His people. “For you
died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). Since our life is hidden with
Christ in God, when God raises Christ to overcome death, He also raises us to walk in the
newness of life.
Furthermore, we participate in the divine nature through our marriage to Christ.
Revelations 19:7 mentions the wedding of the Lamb, which is Jesus Christ, and His bride,
which is us. We are married to Christ. He has betrothed us in righteousness and
faithfulness, and we are joined to the Lord in one spirit.
What a marvelous mystery! It is beyond anyone’s understanding! One with Jesus! We
are one with Him as the branch is one with the vine. We are a part of the Lord, our
Savior and Redeemer! We are participants of the divine nature, drawing on the same
blood and life of Jesus.
Purpose of His Promises
While we rejoice in this, remember that the purpose of God’s calling us into his great and
precious promises is not for us just to participate in the divine nature, but to escape from
the corruption in the world. Early in our human history it was the corruption in the world
that made God angry and brought down His judgment of the world through the Great
Flood, destroying everyone except Noah and his family. Escaping from the corruption in
the world means those who are made participants “of the divine nature” will manifest
their high and holy relationship in their association with others. It will be evident from
their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the corruption in the world
caused by evil desires (2 Pe 1:4). So we must pray for more divine holiness of life. We
must pray for our sanctification through our continual participation of the divine nature.
To be continued next week.
May we be resurrected to live the newness of life in Christ Jesus, be in one spirit with
Him, be given more divine holiness in life, and be sanctified through our participation of
the divine nature.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9