The Gift of… Everything (cont.)
“Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2Pet. 1:4)
How shall we define or describe God’s nature? Scripture offers us two ways.
First, we see the nature of God in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us about the divine qualities which produce the various “flavors” of the divine character.
Second, we might define or describe the divine nature as offered by what we SEE in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus. Through The Christ, we see the aspects of the divine nature in real-life situations, providing us invaluable insight into the practical aspects of God’s nature.
In Jesus, we see the “fruit of the Spirit” in living, interactive form. Through Jesus, we see that God’s nature is…
moved and motivated by compassion and love (Matthew 9:35-36; 14:14; 20:34; John 3:16);
willing to offer divine help to meet human needs (Matthew 8:2-3; Mark 1:40-42; John 2:1-11);
gentle and humble (Matthew 11:29; 12:20; 21:5; John 13:12-15; Philippians 2:6-8);
loyal and faithful (Matthew 28:20; John 14:18-21);
able and willing to intervene in situations of peril, sickness, and trouble (Matthew 4:24; Mark 4:37-41; Luke 4:38-41; etc.);
caring and nurturing (Matthew 23:37; John 10:11-14);
intent on fully satisfying the human spirit (John 4:10, 14; 6:35, 48-58);
desiring to offer direction, sustenance, revelation, and purpose (John 14:6; 10:7-9; Matthew 11:27);
intent on revealing truth (John 14:6; over 70 times Jesus prefaced His statements with, “I tell you the truth…”);
eager to impart life (John 14:6; 10:10; 11:25);
committed to teaching the ways of God (John 13:13; Matthew 7:28; Mark 1:22; 6:34; Luke 21:37; over 30 times Jesus is mentioned as teaching the people and/or His disciples); and
the embodiment of light opposing all forms of darkness (John 8:12; 9:5).
Jesus came as the perfect revelation of God – His Own character, heart, and nature. Our perception of God must be drawn from Christ, Who came to this earth, not only to die for our sins, but also to impart a true revelation of the God Who purchased our salvation with His Own sacrifice. As the apostle John was inspired to write:
An unmistakable truth emerges: God desires to reveal Himself to us. It is His purpose and pleasure to reveal Himself through the display, and personal experience, of His divine nature. Jesus came as the first to fulfill this purpose. All generations of His disciples, to follow, are also given this marvelous and glorious task. The good news is that we have already received all that we need to accomplish this purpose. We have become fully enabled to “participate in the divine nature.”
But it gets better still…