Partakers of the Divine Nature ?

     “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious (blood bought) Promises ! that by these promises ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature,* having escaped the corruption (death and decay) which is in the world through lust (carnal desire) !”     II Peter 1:4

“In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot comprehend . . . . Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race . . . !”

Divine = (G2304) godlike, divinity, deity
nature = (G5449, 5453) growth by germination, expansion, to produce through lineal decent, disposition, constitution, to swell upward, to spring

We are praying about this issue (snare) which the devil seems to have brought upon so many minds within our fellowship of faith. We have asked the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) to help us and make this clear. For so many are caught on the issues of Christ’s nature, and then our human nature, and I believe we are missing the most important Truth.

And this is that which Satan does not want mankind to realize, nor understand. That Almighty GOD verily desires to dwell in us just as He did within His Own Son Christ Jesus (Yehushua) while He was here in human flesh. For if we begin to believe what the Scriptures truly say on this matter, we will experience a power above and beyond anything we could have previously imagined, to live a righteous and holy life through faith in Him, and His indwelling Presence !

To whom GOD would make known what is the riches of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory !”   Colossians 1:27

“Sanctify them through Thy Truth, Thy Word is Truth (Verily So)! . . . Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me (The Word) through their word (testimony). That they all may be one (H259 – Ekh-awd); as Thou Father art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be One in Us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me !”     John 17:17-21 and ref: Deuteronomy 6:4

Christ came in human flesh, just like ours. But His Life was one, begotten by the Spirit of the Almighty GOD ! And through His Father’s Presence, dwelling ever within Him, He conquered every temptation; He through the Spirit, put to death the deeds of the body, in every trial. He obtained Victory through faith in His Father’s Promises (the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of GOD, and His abiding Presence in His daily Life !

For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD ! . . . And the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life !” Romans 10:17 & John 6:63

And now to each and every one of us, He is offering the very same Gift which was manifest in His Son’s Life. The gift of the Spirit !    That we also might be begotten again, by the Word of Truth ! For “of His Own will begat He us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of Firstfruits of His creatures !”  James I:18
And “by the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body Jesus Christ, once for all !” Hebrews 10:10

And “Jesus answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), Verily, verily (without fail), I say unto thee, Except a man be born (begotten) again, he cannot see the kingdom of GOD . . . . for that which is born (begotten) of the flesh, is flesh; but that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit !   Marvel not that I say unto thee, Ye must be born (begotten) again !”   John 3:3-7

“Being born (begotten) again, not of corruptible seed, but of Incorruptible, by the Word of GOD, which liveth and abideth forever . . . for the Seed is the Word of GOD !”   I Peter 1:23 & Luke 8:11

“That we should be to the Praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ !”   Ephesians 1:12

For “whosoever is born (begotten) of GOD doth not commit (continue in) sin; for His (GOD’s) Seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born (begotten) of GOD !”   I John 3:9

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you . . . !”   Galatians 4:19

“In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem’s manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the ful-lness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race” (Signs of the Times, July 30, 1896).

“For in Him Who sits upon the throne of the universe, divinity and humanity are combined”       COL p.385

“No human being, even though united with evil angels, can impeach the souls who have fled to Christ for refuge. He has united the believing soul to His own divine-human nature. In His mediatorial office, His divinity and humanity are combined, and upon this union hangs the hope of the world.”     –ST, May 9, 1900. {DG 240.5}

The soul temple is to be sacred, holy, pure, and undefiled. There must be a copartnership in which all the power is of God and all the glory belongs to God. The responsibility rests with us. We must receive in thoughts and in feelings, to give in expression. The law of the human and the divine action makes the receiver a laborer together with God. It brings man where he can, united with divinity, work the works of God. Humanity touches humanity. Divine power and the human agency combined will be a complete success, for Christ’s righteousness accomplishes everything.”  {FW 26.3}

“Christ took upon Himself humanity for us. He clothed His divinity, and divinity and humanity were combined. He showed that that law which Satan declared could not be kept, could be kept. Christ took humanity to stand here in our world, to show that Satan had lied. He took humanity upon Himself to demonstrate that with divinity and humanity combined, man could keep the law of Jehovah. Separate humanity from divinity, and you can try to work out your own righteousness from now till Christ comes, and it will be nothing but a failure.” {FW 71.1}

The best efforts that man in his own strength can make are valueless to meet the holy and just law that he has transgressed; but through faith in Christ he may claim the righteousness of the Son of God as all-sufficient. Christ satisfied the demands of the law in His human nature. He bore the curse of the law for the sinner, made an atonement for him, “that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Genuine faith appropriates the righteousness of Christ, and the sinner is made an overcomer with Christ; for he is made a partaker of the divine nature, and thus divinity and humanity are combined.”  {FW 93.3}

“And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one.”       {FLB 48.5}

“The world’s Redeemer, the only-begotten Son of God, by His perfect obedience to the law, by His life and character, redeemed that which was lost in the fall, and made it possible for man to obey that holy law of righteousness which Adam transgressed. Christ did not exchange His divinity for humanity, but combined humanity with divinity; and in humanity He lived the law in behalf of the human family. The sins of every one who will receive Christ were set to His account, and He has fully satisfied the justice of God.”  {FE 429.2}

“Christ satisfied the demands of the law in His human nature. He bore the curse of the law for the sinner, made an atonement for him, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish. . . . Genuine faith appropriates the righteousness of Christ, and the sinner is made an overcomer with Christ; for he is made a partaker of the divine nature, and thus divinity and humanity are combined.

He who is trying to reach heaven by his own works in keeping the law, is attempting an impossibility ! Man cannot be saved without obedience, but his works should not be of himself; Christ should work in him to will and to do of His good pleasure. . . . All that man can do without Christ is polluted with selfishness and sin; but that which is wrought through faith is acceptable to God.”    {AG 177.3}

“What condescension! What a privilege is granted us! Christ is the connecting link between God and man. . . . As we approach God through the virtue of Christ’s merits, we are clothed with His priestly vestments. He places us close by His side, encircling us with His human arm, while with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the Infinite. He puts His merits as sweet incense in a censer in our hands in order to encourage our petitions. He promises to hear and answer our supplications. Yes; Christ has become the medium of prayer between man and God. He also has become the medium of blessing between God and man. He has combined divinity and humanity.”  {HP 77.4}

“The enmity put between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman was supernatural. With Christ the enmity was in one sense natural; in another sense it was supernatural, as humanity and divinity were combined. And never was the enmity developed to such a marked degree as when Christ became an inhabitant of this earth. Never before had there been a being upon the earth who hated sin with so perfect a hatred as did Christ. He had seen its deceiving, infatuating power upon the holy angels, and all His powers were enlisted against it.”  {LHU 28.3}

“In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem’s manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race.” (Signs of the Times, July 30, 1896)

“The Saviour took upon Himself the infirmities of humanity and lived a sinless life, that men might have no fear that because of the weakness of human nature they could not overcome. Christ came to make us “partakers of the divine nature,” and His life declares that humanity, combined with divinity, does not commit sin.”     {MH 180.5}

In Christ, divinity and humanity were combined. Divinity was not degraded to humanity; divinity held its place, but humanity by being united to divinity withstood the fiercest test of temptation in the wilderness. The prince of this world came to Christ after His long fast, when He was an hungered, and suggested to Him to command the stones to become bread. But the plan of God, devised for the Salvation of man, provided that Christ should know hunger, and poverty, and every phase of man’s experience. He withstood the temptation, through the power that man may command (by faith). He laid hold on the throne of God, and there is not a man or woman who may not have access to the same help through faith in God. Man may become a partaker of the divine nature; not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to reveal the source of His power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.  {1SM 408.2}

Those who would overcome must put to the tax every power of their being. They must agonize on their knees before God for Divine power.

Christ came to be our example, and to make known to us that we may be partakers of the divine nature. How?–By having escaped the corruptions that are in the world through lust. Satan did not gain the victory over Christ. He did not put his foot upon the soul of the Redeemer. He did not touch the head though he bruised the heel. Christ, by His own example, made it evident that man may stand in integrity. Men may have a power to resist evil–a power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master; a power that will place them where they may overcome as Christ overcame. Divinity and humanity may be combined in them.”  {1SM 409.1}

“Bro. _____, avoid every question in relation to the humanity of Christ which is liable to be misunderstood. Truth lies close to the track of presumption. In treating upon the humanity of Christ, you need to guard strenuously every assertion, lest your words be taken to mean more than they imply, and thus you lose or dim the clear perceptions of His humanity as combined with divinity. His birth was a miracle of God; for, said the angel, “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS (Yehushua – YAH’s Salvation).

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”  {5BC 1128.5}

These words do not refer to any human being, except to the Son of the infinite God. Never, in any way, leave the slightest impression upon human minds that a taint of, or inclination to, corruption rested upon Christ, or that He in any way yielded to corruption. He was tempted in all points like as man is tempted, yet He is called “that holy thing.” It is a mystery that is left unexplained to mortals that Christ could be tempted in all points like as we are, and yet be without sin. The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain a mystery. That which is revealed, is for us and for our children, but let every human being be warned from the ground of making Christ altogether human, such an one as ourselves; for it cannot be. The exact time when humanity blended with divinity, it is not necessary for us to know. We are to keep our feet on the Rock Christ Jesus, as God revealed in humanity.”  {5BC 1128.6}

The union of the divine and the human, manifest in Christ, exists also in the Bible. The truths revealed are all “given by inspiration of God;” yet they are expressed in the words of men and are adapted to human needs. Thus it may be said of the Book of God, as it was of Christ, that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” And this fact, so far from being an argument against the Bible, should strengthen faith in it as the word of God. Those who pronounce upon the inspiration of the Scriptures, accepting some portions as divine while they reject other parts as human, overlook the fact that Christ, the divine, partook of our human nature, that He might reach humanity. In the work of God for man’s redemption, divinity and humanity are combined.

There are many passages of Scripture which skeptical critics have declared to be uninspired, but which, in their tender adaptation to the needs of men, are God’s own messages of comfort to His trusting children.” {5T 747.1}

“It is not possible for the heart in which Christ abides to be destitute of love. If we love God because He first loved us, we shall love all for whom Christ died. We cannot come in touch with divinity without coming in touch with humanity; for in Him who sits upon the throne of the universe, divinity and humanity are combined. Connected with Christ, we are connected with our fellow men by the golden links of the chain of love. Then the pity and compassion of Christ will be manifest in our life. We shall not wait to have the needy and unfortunate brought to us. We shall not need to be entreated to feel for the woes of others. It will be as natural for us to minister to the needy and suffering as it was for Christ to go about doing good.” {YRP 157.2}“Jesus is our atoning sacrifice. We can make no atonement for ourselves; but by faith we can accept the atonement that has been made. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” No man of earth, no angel of heaven, could have paid the penalty for sin. Jesus was the only one who could save rebellious man. In Him divinity and humanity are combined, and this was what gave efficacy to the offering on Calvary’s cross. At the cross, mercy and Truth met together; righteousness and peace kissed each other.”              {BEcho, March 15, 1893 par. 3}

“Isaiah tells us who and what our Redeemer is: “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Christ had two natures, the nature of a man and the nature of God. In Him divinity and humanity were combined. Upon his mediatorial work hangs the hope of the perishing world. No one but Christ has ever succeeded in living a perfect Life, in living a pure, spotless character. He exhibited a perfect humanity, combined with deity; and by preserving each nature distinct, He has given to the world a representation of the character of God and the character of a perfect man. He shows us what God is, and what man may become–godlike in character.”  {GCB, October 1, 1899 par. 20}

Let every one who claims to believe that the Lord is soon coming, search the Scriptures as never before; for Satan is determined to try every device possible to keep souls in darkness, and blind the mind to the perils of the times in which we are living. Let every believer take up his Bible with earnest prayer, that he may be enlight-ened by the Holy Spirit as to what is Truth, that he may know more of God and of Jesus Christ Whom He has sent. Search for the Truth as for hidden treasures, and disappoint the enemy. The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the Righteousness of Christ (1888), the sin-pardoning Redeemer.

This is the beginning of the Light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. For it is the work of every one to whom the message of warning has come, to lift up Jesus, to present him to the world as revealed in types, as shadowed in symbols, as manifested in the revelations of the prophets, as unveiled in the lessons given to His disciples and in the wonderful miracles wrought for the sons of men. Search the Scriptures; for they are they that testify of Him.  {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

If you would stand through the time of trouble, you must know Christ, and appropriate the gift of His Righteousness, which He imputes to the repentant sinner.

Human wisdom will not avail to devise a plan of salvation. Human philosophy is vain, the fruits of the loftiest powers of man are worthless, aside from the great plan of the divine Teacher.  No glory is to redound to man; all human help and glory lies in the dust; for the Truth as it is in Jesus is the only available agent by which man may be saved (delivered, rescued, set free, healed and made whole). Man is privileged to connect with Christ, and then the Divine and the human combine; and in this union the hope of man must rest alone; for it is as the Spirit of God touches the soul that the powers of the soul are quickened, and man becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. He was manifested to bring Life and immortality to Light. He says, “The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life!” John 6:63.The psalmist declares, “The entrance of Thy Words giveth Light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”  Then let us study the Word of God, that we may know Him in Whom there is no darknessat all. Jesus says, “he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life!”The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ, and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled love. Present Him thus to the hungering multitudes, and the Light of His love will win men from darkness to Light, from transgression to obedience and true holiness.Beholding Jesus upon the cross of Calvary arouses the conscience to the heinous character of sin as nothing else can do. It was sin that caused the death of God’s dear Son, and sin is the transgression of the law. On Him was laid the iniquities of us all. The sinner then consents unto the law that it is good; for he realizes that it condemns his evil deeds, while he magnifies the matchless love of God in providing for him Salvation through the imputed righteousness of Him Who knew no sin, in Whose mouth there was found no guile.

– RH, November 22, 1892 par. 9

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