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Exceeding Promises / Partakers of His Divine Nature

(child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,...

We are going to be getting in to the consideration of the massive corruption of this world that we are all plagued by shortly; the things in particular now that we are Christians that have been corrupting our better intentions and decisions and establishments etc... To best understand this ugly matter we really need to have a familiarity with the Divine Nature that is supposed to be partaken of in Christ; promised to have been made available. Without the contrast of light and dark it is hard to explain further where we are at in the transition one to the other as participating "like precious" believers.

Contextual Anchors

Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

1. Precious Promises

Quoted resource: strongs 'G5093'

G5093 @ τίμιος timios tim'-ee-os Including the comparative τίμιώτερος timiōteros and the superlative τίμιώτατος timiōtatos; from G5092; valuable that is (objectively) costly or (subjectively) honored esteemed or (figuratively) beloved: - dear honourable (more most) precious had in reputation.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G1862'

G1862 @ ἐπάγγελμα epaggelma ep-ang'-el-mah From G1861; a self committal (by assurance of conferring some good): - promise.

(see: Topical Study DivinePromise or slidy:DivinePromise )

Quoted resource: torrey 'Promise'

Promises of God, the @ Contained in the Scriptures kjv@Romans:1:2 -- Made in Christ kjv@Ephesians:3:6 kjv@2Timothy:1:1 -- Made to -- Christ kjv@Galatians:3:16 kjv@Galatians:3:19 -- Abraham kjv@Genesis:12:3 kjv@Genesis:12:7 kjv@Galatians:3:16 -- Isaac kjv@Genesis:26:3 kjv@Genesis:26:4 -- Jacob kjv@Genesis:28:14 -- David kjv@2Samuel:7:12 kjv@Psalms:89:3 kjv@Psalms:89:4 kjv@Psalms:89:35 kjv@Psalms:89:36 -- The Israelites kjv@Romans:9:4 -- The Fathers kjv@Acts:13:32 kjv@Acts:26:6 kjv@Acts:26:7 -- All who are called of God kjv@Acts:2:39 -- Those who love him kjv@James:1:12 kjv@James:2:5 -- Confirmed by an oath kjv@Psalms:89:3 kjv@Psalms:89:4 kjv@Hebrews:8:6 -- Covenant established upon kjv@Hebrews:8:6 -- God is faithful to kjv@Titus:1:2 kjv@Hebrews:10:23 -- God remembers kjv@Psalms:105:42 kjv@Luke:1:54 kjv@Luke:1:55 -- Are -- Good kjv@1Kings:8:56 -- Holy kjv@Psalms:105:42 -- Exceeding great and precious kjv@2Peter:1:4 -- Confirmed in Christ kjv@Romans:15:8 -- Yea and amen in Christ kjv@2Corinthians:1:20 -- Fulfilled in Christ kjv@Acts:13:23 kjv@Luke:1:69-73 -- Through the righteousness of faith kjv@Romans:4:13 kjv@Romans:4:16 -- Obtained through faith kjv@Hebrews:11:33 -- Given to those who believe kjv@Galatians:3:22 -- Inherited through faith and patience kjv@Hebrews:6:12 kjv@Hebrews:6:15 kjv@Hebrews:10:36 -- Performed in due season kjv@Jeremiah:33:14 kjv@Acts:7:17 kjv@Galatians:4:4 -- Not one shall fail kjv@Joshua:23:14 kjv@1Kings:8:56 -- The law not against kjv@Galatians:3:21 -- The law could not disannul kjv@Galatians:3:17 -- Subjects of -- Christ kjv@2Samuel:7:12 kjv@2Samuel:7:13 kjv@Acts:13:22 kjv@Acts:13:23 -- The Holy Spirit kjv@Acts:2:33 kjv@Ephesians:1:13 -- The gospel kjv@Romans:1:1 kjv@Romans:1:2 -- Life in Christ kjv@2Timothy:1:1 -- A crown of life kjv@James:1:12 -- Eternal life kjv@Titus:1:2 kjv@1John:2:25 -- The life that now is kjv@1Timothy:4:8 -- Adoption kjv@2Corinthians:6:18 kjv@2Corinthians:7:1 -- Preservation in affliction kjv@Isaiah:43:2 -- Blessing kjv@Deuteronomy:1:11 -- Forgiveness of sins kjv@Isaiah:1:18 kjv@Hebrews:8:12 -- Putting the law into the heart kjv@Jeremiah:31:33 kjv@Hebrews:8:10 -- Second coming of Christ kjv@2Peter:3:4 -- New heavens and earth kjv@2Peter:3:13 -- Entering into rest kjv@Joshua:22:4 kjv@Hebrews:4:1 -- Should lead to perfecting holiness kjv@2Corinthians:7:1 -- The inheritance of the saints is of kjv@Romans:4:13 kjv@Galatians:3:18 -- Saints -- Children of kjv@Romans:9:8 kjv@Galatians:4:28 -- Heirs of kjv@Galatians:3:29 kjv@Hebrews:6:17 kjv@Hebrews:11:9 -- Stagger not at kjv@Romans:4:20 -- Have implicit confidence in kjv@Hebrews:11:11 -- Expect the performance of kjv@Luke:1:38 kjv@Luke:1:45 kjv@2Peter:3:13 -- Sometimes, through infirmity, tempted to doubt kjv@Psalms:77:8 kjv@Psalms:77:10 -- Plead in prayer kjv@Genesis:32:9 kjv@Genesis:32:12 kjv@1Chronicles:17:23 kjv@1Chronicles:17:26 kjv@Isaiah:43:26 -- Should wait for the performance of kjv@Acts:1:4 -- Gentiles shall be partakers of kjv@Ephesians:3:6 -- Man, by nature, has no interest in kjv@Ephesians:2:12 -- Scoffers despise kjv@2Peter:3:3 kjv@2Peter:3:4 -- Fear, lest ye come short of kjv@Hebrews:4:1

2. Partakers

Quoted resource: strongs 'G2844'

G2844 @ κοινωνός koinōnos koy-no-nos' From G2839; a sharer that is associate: - companion X fellowship partaker partner.

Note: The more practical aspects of "partaking" of this divine nature will be studied in the second part of this foundational series ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith. Please take this time to become familiar with this precise divine nature before attempting to partake of it. For now, let it suffice to acquaint ourselves with the topic of abiding in Christ (see: Chapter study kjv@John:15 or sl[kjv@John:15] ).

3. Divine Nature

Quoted resource: strongs 'G2304'

G2304 @ θεῖος theios thi'-os From G2316; godlike (neuter as noun divinity): - divine godhead.

Quoted resource: strongs 'G5449'

G5449 @ φύσις phusis foo'-sis From G5453; growth (by germination or expansion) that is (by implication) natural production (lineal descent); by extension a genus or sort; figuratively native disposition constitution or usage: - ([man-]) kind nature ([-al]).

As Peter's choice of words is mostly unique to the epistles, I would like to expand the context out to the broader similitudes:

(see: Topical study DivineNature or slidy:DivineNature as being God's Holiness producing the genesis of sanctified believers)

Quoted resource: torrey 'Holiness of God'

Holiness of God, the @ Is incomparable kjv@Exodus:15:11 kjv@1Samuel:2:2 -- Exhibited in his -- Character kjv@Psalms:22:3 kjv@John:17:11 -- Name kjv@Isaiah:57:15 kjv@Luke:1:49 -- Words kjv@Psalms:60:6 kjv@Jeremiah:23:9 -- Works kjv@Psalms:145:17 -- Kingdom kjv@Psalms:47:8 kjv@Matthew:13:41 kjv@Revelation:21:27 kjv@1Corinthians:6:9 kjv@1Corinthians:6:10 -- Is pledged for the fulfilment of -- His promises kjv@Psalms:89:35 -- His judgments kjv@Amos:4:2 -- Saints are commanded to imitate kjv@Leviticus:11:44 kjv@1Peter:1:15 kjv@1Peter:1:16 -- Saints should praise kjv@Psalms:30:4 -- Should produce reverential fear kjv@Revelation:15:4 -- Requires holy service kjv@Joshua:24:19 kjv@Psalms:93:5 -- Heavenly hosts adore kjv@Isaiah:6:3 kjv@Revelation:4:8 -- Should be magnified kjv@1Chronicles:16:10 kjv@Psalms:48:1 kjv@Psalms:99:3 kjv@Psalms:99:5 kjv@Revelation:15:4

(see: Topical study DivineGod or slidy:DivineGod as declared by scripture of God)

Quoted resource: torrey 'God'

God strong_idH410 H426 H430 H433/strong_id @ Is a spirit kjv@John:4:24 kjv@2Corinthians:3:17 -- Is declared to be -- Light kjv@Isaiah:60:19 kjv@James:1:17 kjv@1John:1:5 -- Love kjv@1John:4:8 kjv@1John:4:16 -- Invisible kjv@Job:23:8 kjv@Job:23:9 kjv@John:1:18 kjv@John:5:37 kjv@Colossians:1:15 kjv@1Timothy:1:17 -- Unsearchable kjv@Job:11:7 kjv@Job:37:23 kjv@Psalms:145:3 kjv@Isaiah:40:28 kjv@Romans:11:33 -- Incorruptible kjv@Romans:1:23 -- Eternal kjv@Deuteronomy:33:27 kjv@Psalms:90:2 kjv@Revelation:4:8-10 -- Immortal kjv@1Timothy:1:17 kjv@1Timothy:6:16 -- Omnipotent kjv@Genesis:17:1 kjv@Exodus:6:3 -- Omniscient kjv@Psalms:139:1-6 kjv@Proverbs:5:21 -- Omnipresent kjv@Psalms:139:7 kjv@Jeremiah:23:23 -- Immutable kjv@Psalms:102:26 kjv@Psalms:102:27 kjv@James:1:17 -- Only-wise kjv@Romans:16:27 kjv@1Timothy:1:17 -- Glorious kjv@Exodus:15:11 kjv@Psalms:145:5 -- Most High kjv@Psalms:83:18 kjv@Acts:7:48 -- Perfect kjv@Matthew:5:48 -- Holy kjv@Psalms:99:9 kjv@Isaiah:5:16 -- Just kjv@Deuteronomy:32:4 kjv@Isaiah:45:21 -- True kjv@Jeremiah:10:10 kjv@John:17:3 -- Upright kjv@Psalms:25:8 kjv@Psalms:92:15 -- Righteous kjv@Ezra:9:15 kjv@Psalms:145:17 -- Good kjv@Psalms:25:8 kjv@Psalms:119:68 -- Great kjv@2Chronicles:2:5 kjv@Psalms:86:10 -- Gracious kjv@Exodus:34:6 kjv@Psalms:116:5 -- Faithful kjv@1Corinthians:10:13 kjv@1Peter:4:19 -- Merciful kjv@Exodus:34:6 kjv@Exodus:34:7 kjv@Psalms:86:5 -- Long-suffering kjv@Numbers:14:18 kjv@Micah:7:1 -- Jealous kjv@Joshua:24:19 kjv@Nahum:1:2 -- Compassionate kjv@2Kings:13:23 -- A consuming fire kjv@Hebrews:12:29 -- None beside him kjv@Deuteronomy:4:35 kjv@Isaiah:44:6 -- None before him kjv@Isaiah:43:10 -- None like to him kjv@Exodus:9:14 kjv@Deuteronomy:33:26 kjv@2Samuel:7:22 kjv@Isaiah:46:5 kjv@Isaiah:46:9 kjv@Jeremiah:10:6 -- None good but he kjv@Matthew:19:17 -- Fills heaven and earth kjv@1Kings:8:27 kjv@Jeremiah:23:24 -- Should be worshipped in spirit and in truth kjv@John:4:24

Doctrinal Context: Covenant

(see: Topical study TorreyCovenant or slidy:TorreyCovenant )

Quoted resource: torrey 'Covenant,'

Covenant, the @ Christ, the substance of kjv@Isaiah:42:6 kjv@Isaiah:49:8 -- Christ, the Mediator of kjv@Hebrews:8:6 kjv@Hebrews:9:15 kjv@Hebrews:12:24 -- Christ, the Messenger of kjv@Malachi:3:1 -- Made with -- Abraham kjv@Genesis:15:7-18 kjv@Genesis:17:2-14 kjv@Luke:1:72-75 kjv@Acts:3:25 kjv@Galatians:3:16 -- Isaac kjv@Genesis:17:19 kjv@Genesis:17:21 kjv@Genesis:26:3 kjv@Genesis:26:4 -- Jacob kjv@Genesis:28:13 kjv@Genesis:28:14 kjv@1Chronicles:16:16 kjv@1Chronicles:16:17 -- Israel kjv@Exodus:6:4 kjv@Acts:3:25 -- David kjv@2Samuel:23:5 kjv@Psalms:89:3 kjv@Psalms:89:4 -- Renewed under the gospel kjv@Jeremiah:31:31-33 kjv@Romans:11:27 kjv@Hebrews:8:8-10 kjv@Hebrews:8:13 -- Fulfilled in Christ kjv@Luke:1:68-79 -- Confirmed in Christ kjv@Galatians:3:17 -- Ratified by the blood of Christ kjv@Hebrews:9:11-14 kjv@Hebrews:9:16-23 -- Is a covenant of peace kjv@Isaiah:54:9 kjv@Isaiah:54:10 kjv@Ezekiel:34:25 kjv@Ezekiel:37:26 -- Is unalterable kjv@Psalms:89:34 kjv@Isaiah:54:10 kjv@Isaiah:59:21 kjv@Galatians:3:17 -- Is everlasting kjv@Psalms:111:9 kjv@Isaiah:55:3 kjv@Isaiah:61:8 kjv@Ezekiel:16:60-63 kjv@Hebrews:13:20 -- All saints interested in kjv@Psalms:25:14 kjv@Psalms:89:29-37 kjv@Hebrews:8:10 -- The wicked have no interest in kjv@Ephesians:2:12 -- Blessings connected with kjv@Isaiah:56:4-7 kjv@Hebrews:8:10-12 -- God is faithful to kjv@Deuteronomy:7:9 kjv@1Kings:8:23 kjv@Nehemiah:1:5 kjv@Daniel:9:4 -- God is ever mindful of kjv@Psalms:105:8 kjv@Psalms:111:5 kjv@Luke:1:72 -- Be mindful of kjv@1Chronicles:16:15 -- Caution against forgetting kjv@Deuteronomy:4:23 -- Plead, in prayer kjv@Psalms:74:20 kjv@Jeremiah:14:21 -- Punishment for despising kjv@Hebrews:10:29 kjv@Hebrews:10:30

Practical Aspects

There are two conceivable natures that can be partaken of by any of us at any time, that which is manufactured by self, that which is the direct and substantial produce of God. Throughout the Old Testament men have been proven over and over to have operated from the nature that he himself is quite able and willing to manufacture; this being evident even (or shall we say especially) in their religious endeavors. If one thing can be emphatically stated about man from the Covenant of the Law it would be that man (all men) are utterly incapable of manufacturing even the slightest resemblance of fulfilling the intents of said Law. This is despite his good intention and moral conscience, despite his zeal and obsessive effort. This despite an inbred preference for wanting to earn his justification with God based upon good deeds and works rather than a pure reliance upon God's merciful grace. This manufactured lack of partaking is not just an Old Testament thing either. Thankfully we have the examples in the New Testament of men and women such as Peter to look to observe what is better intended.

In order to be able to partake of such a divine nature as suggested, avoiding any self generated guesswork or possible human corruption, one must be able to discern the dividing line between what he himself is manufacturing and what the truer divine source is actually projecting. What better way to know the nature of what is being divinely projected first and foremost than by the covenant promises made emphatically and unconditionally by the divine source from the very beginning on through to their complete fulfillment in Christ Jesus the author and finisher of spiritually regenerated "like precious" faith. If to partake of His divine nature then to partake of all of the nature that the covenant promises project about who He is and what for us He is meant to be.

  1. VirtuousFaith - Is there in us the faith and courage to see things as we likely have not seen them before, not as we would rather manufacture, but as Father Son and Spirit would mercifully project? Is there the confident belief and trust in God's Word, HIS covenant promises exceeding and great, substantial enough to produce valiant actions derived from HIS resource rather than our own? Is there the vigorous and manly compulsion to know our LORD by what He has promised Himself to be even if that is to mean us thinking much less of ourselves in order to be the more driven by Him?
  2. KnowledgeableVirtue - Is there the courage to know better where the dividing line of human self and divine nature lay? To know that this is the particular path is the way for me to go today for it is not the path (without His promises) I would have myself manufactured? Is this thing I am about to do being done because of what I know about myself or because of what I confidently know about my blessed Savior Jesus? What is it that I know about my Savior and how do I go about knowing more than I presently do about Him?
  3. TemperateKnowledge - What is the best thing to know this Jesus by? by what you think Him to be? what you want Him to be? or by what He in sincere and longstanding relationship with me has revealed Himself to be starting with His covenant promises? Has He promised that by partaking of His divine nature that we will be as gods, knowing good and evil? or that He will be our God and we His people?
  4. PatientTemperance - In the performance of HIS covenant promises God has been both extremely temperate and extremely patient. Now that the lion's share of the promise has been fulfilled God remains temperate and patient for us to get on board with the saving and sanctifying aspects of what has already been and what remains to be performed. Can we be just as patient and temperate with the all important processes at work by Him as He has been and continues to be with us? To partake of His divine nature is to also partake of His divine patience!
  5. GodlyPatience - There is a form of godliness it is said that denies the power thereof. Judging by our frequent nature of being beset by so much, I gather it is this godliness the majority of us Christians. It surely is not by God's divine nature that our supposed godly nature has become so powerless (especially against all that still besets us), it is by our frequent lack of partaking in His. Shall we be patient with this powerless form of godliness any longer? Shall we rather become all the more powerfully patient in His?
  6. BrotherlyGodliness - Is our kindness for others in likeness to the kindness shown us by God (God Likeness)? Is it a projection of our developing immersive relationship with HIM or else our rush to get our own answers and doings done?
  7. AgapeBrotherliness - Is our rush toward our own answers and doings worth putting (for the time being perhaps) aside to get someone else closer to theirs? If not, why not? Could God be steering the attainment of our answers toward the personal sacrifice involved in helping others to obtain theirs?

Given the tendencies of the carnal mind, "exceeding great and precious promises" are going to be taken an entirely different direction than spiritually intended. The modern thought for Christians is to cherry pick scriptural promises to personally "claim" over their personal finances or health or career successes or entanglements etc... There are lists of such promises compiled for every desired outcome conceivable. Note that is not the current practice to suffer the process of transformation of our financial habits, only to be somehow extracted immediately from the consequences of such continuing habits; it is a seeking of deliverance from consequences not deliverance from substantive and habitual cause. Such a consideration makes the meaning of promise neither great nor precious nor even effectual, only self serving.

Rather, the concept of promise is first and foremost the promise of there being one Jesus the Christ provided to all righteous means and ends by the Holy Father, fully established, fully confirmed, fully anointed to be such. This consideration is of a singular and massive promise both exceeding great and precious by which all sub-promises following are inherent and due to His nature becoming more and more an influence upon and therefore part of us. The promise instead is that we would be by grace mercifully be given opportunity to "partake of His/Christ's divine nature", which is to mean under direct influence and the transformation of His character and will. There are many that would be willing to claim any number of His promises, but few that would place themselves under the tremendous life transformations of His sincerest acquaintance.

It is this acquaintance and partaking that is sought by those of the "like precious" faith. It is this which becomes their abiding productivity towards spiritual abundance.

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