25. God’s Nature – My Nature!

Understanding I am given a new nature for my new existence as a child of God provides a new and amazing eternal foundation to my identity. I will never again have to wonder why I exist, who and what I am, and what my destiny is. But wait, what is this new nature like? How can I see myself within my new nature if I don’t understand what it is? Well, this is why the Bible is so important to each one who has been adopted by God. However, it is very important to understand that the Bible as a book by itself does not communicate truth to us. Our Father provided a counterfit proof and a foolproof communication system that we can trust and depend on. He knows that we have grown in a nature that needs proof in order to create convictions, and this communication system does just that! How does it work? Let’s listen to Jesus explain it:

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:21-26 ESV)

The Holy Spirit is the person who will validate every single communication that your Father initiates withy you. How? Because on the day you accepted His invitation for your adoption the Holy Spirit came to live inside your spirit! It is Him who gives witness to your spirit that you are God’s child! Remember when we spoke of the special part of you that was design to fit exclusevily with your Creator? Your spirit is that part of you that enables you to interact with your Father who is Spirit and the father and creator of all spirits.

This is not hocus pocus stuff, it is very practical and provable as we have seen in previous episodes. The functions of your spirit prove that you have and operate as a spiritual being every moment of your existence: Your conscience, character, charisma and convictions are all part of your spirit and they each are compatible with God. So now you know how your Father is going to communicate with you: His words recorded in the Bible will be revealed (decoded) to you by the Holy Spirit who lives inside you. Did you notice that Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as “the Helper”? This explains perfectly what His purpose is in your life: God’s Spirit comes to HELP YOU BECOME A SON OF GOD! We will talk more about his role in your transformation in soon.

With this in place, we can now move on to talk about God’s nature, or the Divine 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 2:3-4 LITV)

Do you see what is being said about our lives as adopted children of God? By His power he has promised to give us the full experience or knowledge of his life so that we can be “partakers” of the divine nature! Partakers, means active participants, which means that our new life is powered by our Fathers own nature: the divine nature! And to make it a definite absolute certainty, God puts the burden of accomplishment on himself: It will be done because of his divine power! No human capacity here, only God working to make it so! This is so amazing and wonderful! As humans we liked dreaming of being someone else, we love stories and movies that transport us into a different reality, some use various substances and practices to alter their state of being so that they can escape being themselves. But here we have the privilege of becoming absolutely new people operating eternally in the very nature of God!

So lets move to understand what our Father has revealed to us about His nature. We will better understand it by looking at God’s attributes, which are the things that characterize Him. We are going to take a look at some of the things that are “natural” to God, and because He has given you His Nature, these are the attributes of the new creation that you are. Get ready to be amazed as you see who you are called to become by the power of your Father!

First and foremost, God is eternal. He does not have a beginning or an end. That is why Jesus reveals He is the Alfa (beginning) and the Omega (end) Now, let’s see the correlation between this attribute and us:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)

Have Eternal Life! Yes! Your Father is eternal and when you receive his adoption you are made eternal as well! We could spend hours talking about the meaning and implications of this attribute of our new nature, but you have eternity to learn all about it! You have Eternal Life!

Second, God is by nature Holy = Empty of corruption and incorruptible! He can not be corrupted, that is why he is Life and can give eternal life to us! In our human experience we proved time and again how corruptible we were, that was natural to us, but as his children, we are given the incorruptible nature of our Father: We are called to be made holy even as our Father is holy:

“who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel..” (Titus 1:9-10 ESV)

Soon we will begin dealing whit how God will do this in each of us, but for now, just take in the awesome weight of these declarations. We are to be made holy, just like or Father is:

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become servants of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” (Romans 6:22 ESV) Can God do that in each of us? Absolutely!

Third, God is Truth. Truth is the foundation of freedom. This is one of the core aspects of God’s nature: HE IS FREE and the owner of FREEDOM! Now, look at how that relates to us:

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

(John 8:31-32 ESV)

We are to be given truth, so that it becomes part of our being and in that nature we will be totally free!

There are uncountable attributes of God’s nature! And each and all of them are to become part of our being, for we are his children! So it is the work of the Holy Spirit to guide you and I into ALL TRUTH so that we can be transformed into persons who naturally are like God is! Impossible? To God it’s not! HE IS ALMIGHTY, He can do way more than we can begin to imagine or understand.

Let us look at the most important attribute of our Fathers nature: GOD IS LOVE! What does that mean? Well, given the totally corrupt understanding we have had of the word love in humanity, it is going to take God’s miracle working power to enable us to experience being love like He is. But there is a list of its components that God has given us in the Bible we can look at to begin grasping the meaning of being Love:

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV)

LOVE is the total sum of God’s nature. And it is LOVE what you and I are being transformed into; not the feeling we are used to associating with love, but the essence that God is; God IS Love and Love is our final destiny!

It will take the rest of our time on earth and beyond to experience and possess the totality of our transformation, but the work has begun, and the one doing the work is mighty, faithful and able to make it a reality in each of us.

Are you in agreement with your Father at this point? Do you receive His nature? Do you receive His faith to believe that HE is able to do this in you? That is all He needs to continue making you into his child!

We’ll see you soon in our next episode!

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