A reference is made to the knowledge of Jesus Christ: “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 1:3,4)
2 Peter 2:9 – “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations…”
What a wonderful promise!!
We must realize, dear friend, that through belief in Jesus it is our privilege to be partakers of the divine nature, and in this way to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. Then we can be cleansed from all sin, from all defects of character. We really need not retain one sinful propensity, or tendency, or bent, or habit…
“As we partake of the divine nature, hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong are cut away from the character, and we are made a living power for good. Ever learning of the divine Teacher, daily partaking of His nature, we cooperate with God in overcoming Satan’s temptations.” (RH 4/24/1900)
In His Word God reveals what He can do for human beings. He molds and fashions after the divine similitude, or likeness, the characters of those who will wear His yoke. Through His grace, through His divine influence and power working on the heart and reflecting in the life, they are made partakers of the divine nature; and in this way they are enabled to overcome the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is God who gives us power to overcome. Those who hear His voice and obey His commandments are enabled and empowered by Him to form righteous characters – to overcome the sin that so easily besets them.
It is by personally applying the great and precious promises of God’s Word that we are to become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. …The person who daily yields obedience to God, who becomes a partaker of the divine nature, finds pleasure daily in obeying God, in keeping the commandments of God; for he is one with God. It is essential that he hold as vital a relation with God as does the Son to the Father.
Temptation must be met and resisted, friend. Day by day the spiritual battle goes on. Day by day we are to work out our own salvation from sin with fear and trembling. For it is God that works in us, to will and to do of His good pleasure. With Him all things are possible. His grace, His divine power, is sufficient for, yes, even you… (See Philippians 2:12,13; Mark 10:27; 2 Corinthians 12:9)
All Power to you!