Ministry in Word
Participants of the Divine Nature – Part 4
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.”
How are we set apart from the corruption in the world? The Bible tells us it is accomplished through the word of God, the work of God, the work of the Holy Spirit, and our resisting sin.
We Are Sanctified Through the Word of God
First, we are sanctified through the word of God. John 17:17-19 records these words of Jesus in His final prayer on earth for His followers: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” Jesus prayed that we may be sanctified by God’s word which is the truth. Participating in the divine nature means that we are sent into the world yet we are set apart from the world as Jesus were, escaping from the corruption in the world.
We Are Sanctified Through the Work of God
Secondly, we are sanctified through the work of God. Apostle Paul told the believers in Thessalonica these words: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Th 5:23) So it is the work of God that sanctifies us completely, for it is the divine nature, not our human nature, in which we participate to escape the corruption in the world, to be preserved blameless body, soul and spirit when we will see Christ again.
We Are Sanctified Through the Work of the Holy Spirit
Thirdly, we are also sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Paul also told the Thessalonica Christians that God chose them to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth (2 Th 2:13). So it is through our saving faith in the truth, which is Jesus, resulting in the Spirit living in us and our participation in the divine nature, sanctifying us from the corruption in the world.
To be continued next week.
May the word of God, the work of God and the Holy Spirit, sanctify us from the corruption in the world, 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