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GOD'S LIFE, NATURE, and ABILITY By: Rev.A.Bascon
GOD'S LIFE, NATURE, and ABILITY By: Rev.A.Bascon
Are 'YOU' a PARTAKER of GOD'S LIFE, NATURE and ABILITY?
By: Pastor Abraham Bascon
Word Of God Church, Brockton, MA. 02302
Before I got saved, the devil had me! He had me hook, line and sinker!
But, when I began to read this book, God's Word; and, when I read that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, that I am "qualified" to be a partaker of God's Divine Nature,I took God's powerful Nature, and I began to 'practice'it! There is POWER in Christ's Divine Nature!!
Jesus, Himself said in John 10:10 - "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it MORE abundantly."
Do you know what living the MORE abundant life is? It is: to go beyond; over and above; super-abundant in quantity as well as superior in quality: above, preeminent, advantage, advantageous.
In short: The Advantageous Life! WOW!! This means that you no longer need to be beneath only! But, you can be the 'head' and NOT the tail! That's the Advantageous Life!! That is the life that Jesus is speaking of!! And this is all possible, because we are 'partakers' of God's Divine Nature! The life of God is within us! The song that we sing: "I've Got the Life of God in Me," emphasizes the authority of God within every believer!
NO ONE can compete with God's ability!
If you are a child of God, you have God's 'dunamis'(power)and 'exolsia'(authority) within you! It is great and wonderful! In the Greek, it is: exoulsia, pronounced: ex-oo-see'-ah From G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is,(subjectively)force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:-authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength. Yes, it is great and wonderful; however, don't get so carried away with our spiritual life; for, we also do need 'balance.' God's life, His power, and the other half of the song pertains to God's nature! God's nature and power is incredibly, incredible!
What is a person's nature? His/her character or characteristics?
Answer: When you see a person's character, then, you will know what his/her nature is! It's the total quality of a person's behavior, as revealed in his/her habits, thoughts, expressions, interests and their personal philosophy.
Some characteristics of GOD'S character are:
1. 1 JOHN 5:11 - God is LOVE.
2. DEUT. 4:31 - Moses says: God is a MERCIFUL God.
3. 2 CHRON. 30:19 - The Lord is GRACIOUS.
4. LUKE 18:19 - NO ONE is GOOD but GOD!
5. LEV. 11:44-45 - GOD is HOLY!
Still there are many more attributes of God's character.
For now, let us focus upon God's HOLINESS.
The song mentioned above highlights God's ability; and, also says that God's nature (His character), is within US. He is a HOLY GOD! God tells us: His NAME is HOLY!
That's why scripture can refer to GOD as the HOLY ONE of Israel!
He is GOD!
As we continue on to 2 PETER 1:2 - We read: GRACE and PEACE be MULTIPLIED unto YOU through the KNOWLEDGE of GOD, and of Jesus our Lord, 2Pe 1:3 According as his DIVINE POWER hath given unto US ALL things that pertain unto LIFE and GODLINESS, through the KNOWLEDGE of him that hath CALLED US to glory and virtue: 2Pe 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. 2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, ADD to YOUR FAITH virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2Pe 1:8 For if THESE things be in YOU, and ABOUND, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord Jesus Christ! 2Pe 1:9 But he that LACKETH these things is BLIND, and CANNOT see afar off, and hath FORGOTTEN that he was purged from his old sins. 2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, GIVE DILIGENCE to make YOUR calling and election SURE: for IF ye do THESE things, ye shall NEVER fall:
2Pe 1:11 For so an entrance SHALL be ministered unto YOU ABUNDANTLY into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:12 Wherefore I will NOT be negligent to put YOU ALWAYS in remembrance of THESE things, though ye know them, and BE ESTABLISHED in the PRESENT TRUTH.
We can look at the scripture above, as a letter to each of us from the Holy Spirit. Notice how GOD does the MULTIPLYING and WE have to do the ADDITION! GOD MULTIPLIES His GRACE and PEACE to us in the KNOWLEDGE of God and His Son, Jesus our Lord, as WE ADD these godly charcteristics to our lives. Usually, after being a partaker or participator of God's Divine Nature, we tend
to stop there. But let me remind you that there is MUCH MORE...
to this scripture!
Remember: The MORE you KNOW, the MORE you GROW; and, the MORE you GROW, the MORE you are equipped to bring OTHERS to the Lord Jesus Christ our Messiah!
You CANNOT become a child of God without having HOLY FAITH and BELIEVING that Jesus is the Son of God. That He was crucified, died, was buried, resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven --- the PROOF that HE IS GOD!
In the foundation of your spiritual house,you need FAITH. You
have to BELIEVE that God DOES EXIST and that He is a REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him. FAITH is a very important foundational stone. This spiritual house grows from faith to faith and glory to glory. You NEED TO ADD these things to your faith!
In 2 PETER 1:1 - Another word for the word 'godliness' is HOLINESS. You CANNOT be HOLY without FAITH in GOD. It is ALL inter-connected! It is like a graduating process. You grow one level upon another level. In verse 7 we read: And to GODLINESS brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness CHARITY. God is telling us: GODLINESS to brotherly kindness to CHARITY which is LOVE. In JOHN 15:12 - God says: This is my commandment, that ye LOVE one another, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. God makes it very clear that we are to LOVE EVERY disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ!
And, we must love them just AS JESUS HAS LOVED US! This kind of LOVE is the 'GOD-KIND' of LOVE. It is NOT the same kind of love
as the love that you may have for a sister, brother or friend.
(filios - brotherly love) The 'GOD-KIND of LOVE' is GREATER! This is AGAPE LOVE, the GOD-KIND of LOVE. Jesus expressed this kind of LOVE by laying down His life for US! WE are to LOVE one another with this kind of LOVE, no matter what.
No matter how a brethren behaves toward you, you must LOVE him
or her with 'agape' LOVE! You may feel that you just CANNOT love
them with that kind of love. Perhaps that person just 'irks you or you just DON'T feel that you have the PATIENCE to love that person. The only reason you CANNOT love with the God-kind of love is: You DO NOT have HOLINESS!
You may say: "If I am forced to LOVE that person, I will leave and go to another church!"
Then, you just may need to stop and evaluate yourself; because, that is NOT part of God's Divine Nature! And, if you had the right KNOWLEDGE (rightly dividing the Word of Truth), you would
know very well that we walk by FAITH and NOT by sight!(2Cor.5:7)
Check that you have the RIGHT knowledge; and, if so, are you
'rightly' interpreting it? (2 TIMOTHY 2:15) Take a look at your FAITH and your VIRTUE if you are still having problems.
You CANNOT even FORGIVE a person if you DO NOT have FAITH! And whatsoever is NOT of FAITH is SIN!
(ROMANS 14:23) Holding grudges and bitterness are UNHOLY things!
Check out your HOLINESS!! Check WHOSE nature YOU have in YOU!
REMEMBER THIS: JESUS SAID: Mat 18:35 "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto YOU, if ye FROM YOUR HEARTS forgive NOT EVERY ONE his brother THEIR trespasses." UNHOLY behavior is the nature of the Devil.
HEBREWS 12:10-14 - We need to PURSUE HOLINESS and BE PARTAKERS of GOD'S DIVINE NATURE!
In order to be received by God, we need to be PARTAKERS of GOD'S DIVINE NATURE! I am certainly one for practicing God's POWER and AUTHORITY; but, we need to know what GOD'S NATURE is!
LOVE...PEACE....GRACIOUSNESS...GOODNESS...HOLINESS...LOVE... FORGIVENESS and so MUCH MORE!