24. New Nature!

So here you are: Born of God! You have a new origin and a secured destiny anchored on the eternal commitment your Father has made to transform you into the likeness of Jesus: your brother, your vision, and the acting director of your transformation. Yes, He is in charge of assuring that everything promised to you is brought to pass and that you are served with all that is necessary to empower you, so that you can discover your new existence and prove its reality and the power of the life that has been given to you.

Is it over then? What else could you need to fulfill your Father’s dream? As we have previously pointed out, notwithstanding the fact that the impossible has been done to secure all that is necessary for your transformation, you have the last word; for it was not about receiving the invitation alone, it is about receiving every single aspect, every single word, every single purpose and action that your Father wants to perform in you! So you are very involved in the realization of your transformation, but unlike your human existence, it does not require your power; you don’t have to do it in your own strength; any and all things that require power will come to you from your Father packaged with Faith – the power to believe Him; packaged with Hope – the power to see yourself in His reality; and packaged with Might or Life – the power to become and function naturally as a child of God!

This is absolutely different than anything we have ever known in our human experience. What we did know, was that we had to find the power to do in and of ourselves; that is a heavy and wearing experience. But listen to what Jesus said about it:

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:27-30 litv)

Do you see? Jesus will reveal the Father unto you if you come to him and learn from him. The result? You will find rest for your soul! Rest! Rest is the state of your new existence. Please don’t misunderstand, it does not mean you will be idle and inactive, God is not lazy and does not sluggard around; but what it does mean is that you will be empowered by Him so that all your activities will not wear on you and your burdens will not be heavy and destructive. He will make your load light, even when humanly speaking it would seem gigantic, and you will be at rest within, being renewed internally as you face everyday life! Why will He do that? Because you must be transformed and enabled to operate in a new nature!

Let’s talk for a moment about the nature of things and the nature of people.

A story is told of a scorpion who wanted to cross a pond but couldn’t swim. He asked a frog that was in the pond to carry him across on his back to the other side; cautiously the frog replied: I can’t take you across the pond and risk getting stung by you! The scorpion assured the frog time and again that he would never do that, how could he pay in such a bad way someone who was helping him. After much convincing, the frog gave in and after letting the scorpion crawl on his back he started the journey across the pond. While they were still a ways from the shore, the scorpion stung the frog! The frog immediately screamed “how can you do this? you promised you wouldn’t and now we will both die!” The scorpion replied “I couldn’t help my self, it is my nature!”

No one can escape the nature that constitutes them. That is true of plants as it is of rocks and of all animals as well as human beings. Nature is the term we use to describe what makes something or someone what it is; the constitution of a being. We have spoken extensively of human nature and the characteristics that rule it. We have seen the origin of human nature: Man’s choice to disconnect from the source of Good and Life and to know evil. Consequently, God states:

“just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

From that day on, all humans would be entrapped in the nature that rules their existence, but without ever finding comfort in who they are. Each individual yearns for freedom, success and achievement, because as we have seen, Man was originally created in the very image of his Creator and with the capacity to develop his likeness, but then was negatively transformed into a being that is simple dust! This negative transformation resulted in the creature we are today, full of complications and paradoxes. We yearn for good, but do evil. It is so much easier and natural to do what is wrong that to do right! But when we obey the “natural” impulses that rule our core, we experience guilt, shame, anger, and a host of other negative experiences that destroy us and cause us to destroy those around us.

But now, we have been given absolute freedom from the bondage that human nature is! How is it carried out? How are we freed from what has been natural to us since birth? We are absolutely and eternally freed from human nature and its dominating factors such as sin, death and darkness by re-birth into a new nature! This is the amazing power of God’s solution to the human condition. It does not have powerless pity on humans, but has the power to re-create each person into an incorruptible, eternal and glorious creation: A child of God!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

(2nd Corinthians 5:17-19 LITV)

You are a new creature = This means you are a new creation; This creation has a new nature; What nature? Your Father’s nature! YOU HAVE BEEN RE-BORN WITH GOD’S VERY NATURE!

“As His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness through the full knowledge of the One calling us through glory and virtue, by which means He has given to us the very great and precious promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature, escaping from the corruption in the world by lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 LITV)

Please notice first that ALL of these is based on God’s power! He can do it! and then it turns to his provision for you: His divine power has given you ALL that is necessary so that YOU CAN PARTAKE (participate – operate – experience) OF THE DIVINE NATURE – having escaped the corruption that is in the world!

In future episodes we will be learning about the how all of this works. But today, what is vitally important is awareness. You need to know that your nature has been changed. Not into just a better nature than human nature, not into the nature of angels, but you have been given GOD’S NATURE! Your new existence has the power of creation itself. Your Father is not fooling around, He means business with you and has launched your transformation by going to the very core of your being by replacing what makes you his son or his daughter: He has given you His nature!

Oh, this can not be said too much; it can not be exaggerated or over-emphasized! This is IMPORTANT and AMAZING!

What then is GOD’S nature? How can it be understood?

That is what our next episode is about!

Don’t miss it!

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