2 Peter 1:4 “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.”
There are two forms of judgment: A judgment based on what is right and just… And a judgment based on the measure in which a life corresponds to the Truth!
The goal in the New Testament “is not salvation; it is not sanctification… the goal in the New Testament is participation. That is, beyond “Christian experiences” what God desires from us is a participation in what He is. To what extent is there an agreement, a harmony, a corresponding between the nature of our lives and the nature of His life?
Is our nature like that of the world around us? Or has it been transformed to the likeness of the nature of Jesus?
Peter presents the glorious desire of the heart of God for the redeemed: That they may attain to “be partakers of the divine nature.” (II Peter 1:4)
Paul speaks of: “A perfect man… the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) And both Peter and Paul affirm what the Spirit of God proclaims throughout the Bible, that in Jesus Christ there is provision for this to be fulfilled in the lives of all His own.
I believe that with such a high calling, and with such a complete provision, it is inevitable that we who are called by His Name should be judged by this truth.
Christianity is a very simple and yet a very profound thing – it is… to live under the eye of God and by His help.
His help, His invitation, and His desire is that we may not only turn our backs on the world and the devil but also on our own limited abilities, and enter into His Grace, His Strength, His Life.
The secret of the Christian life is not based on external experiences but on our coming into the place of contact with God Himself. This opens a fountain in the inner being that flows with a Life constantly renewed, sufficient for every circumstance… a river that leads us to know more and more, in an ever increasing measure, all the fullness of the resources of Life and Grace that find their existence in God. So that we may be free from all the things that the world binds the sons of men with.
May we come to participation in the fullness of His life.
Dale Lee, On-line Pastor