Comrades Of The
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust
(2 Peter 1:4).
The expression “divine nature” derives from the Greek “theias phuseos,” which literally means an association of the “God-kind,” as you’d say, mankind.
1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” We’re partners, comrades and associates of the God-kind. This is Christianity! That God would bring man into union with Himself, and bring us into His class of being! No wonder the Bible says, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Psalms 82:6).
Furthermore, the root word for “partakers” in our text is “koinonos.” It means associates, comrades, partners or sharers. Our opening text therefore means you’re an associate of the God-kind; you’re in fraternity with divinity! It means you’ve been born into God’s class, with His nature and character in your spirit. You’ve been translated from the ordinary realm of mankind to the supernatural class of the “God-kind.”
You’re in vital union with divinity; it’s an inseparable oneness. Now, you can better appreciate the Word that you’re superior to Satan and have dominion over the forces of darkness! It’s the result of your fraternity with Deity. The religious minds can’t accept this kind of thought, but this is God’s dream for you, not when you get to heaven, but in the now! It’s something He already made possible and available in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” What an honour! This is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ has made us. You’ve been brought into the unity of spirits with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it’s an association of the God-kind.
I am an associate of the God-kind,
having been made free of the corrupting influences, decadence and destruction in the world. The miracle-life of God is at work in me, therefore, today and always, I live the victorious life of glory and success that God has given me
in Christ Jesus. Amen.
1 John 4:17; John 1:12; Revelation 5:10
1 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 5; Ezekiel 39-40
2 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 12:11-17; Micah 5-6