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The Foundations Of Faith Series
Our exploration into the righteousness of God takes us deeper into the FoundationsOfFaith. Our pace quickens.
- Let's now consider:
- DIVINE POWER
- PARTAKING IN DIVINE NATURE
- THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE/GODLINESS
- GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES
- Two similar carnal notions of this power come to mind:
- God has chopped up portions His power and distributed it to each one of us to use as we see fit.
- The power is more of a metaphysical force that by faith we channel to achieve our better intentions and purposes.
The popularity of this type of notion is widespread and has even infiltrated many Christian congregations. The question to ask is from which source man or God comes the righteousness? If man determines the rightful use of the power then the righteousness is entirely man's.
Peter instead is calling to our attention the divine power of God being presented through the knowledge of Him that called us unto glory and virtue, and obvious reference to a like precious faith in/of His righteousness.
Partaking of His divine nature.
Another important separation must be made between carnal and spiritual understandings of this term partaking. For this we must draw upon our previous consideration of God's righteousness as discerned in His grace and peace.
In scriptural context, we are offered a picture of a wedding. The invitees come, they partake of the hosts generosity. It is the the host's fine food and fine delicacies, his trays of abundant fruit and libations, the festive atmosphere surrounding the joyous occasion uniting bride and groom.
In a carnal context it is us becoming as gods (g) or Gods (G). It is as if the invitees having taken over the wedding, crashed the bar, and taken the wife and locked the groom and host away.
I ask you why in the righteousness of God, God would seek for us to be what He already says that we are?
We've corrupted the perception of His power and corrupted the meaning of partaking of His divine nature. Still, there is a righteousness in God's plan to allow for this as a means of bringing true believers into the realm of being able to partake of His true divine nature.
What else have we corrupted?
Things pertaining to life and godliness
The life and godliness God would expect differs very much (light night and day) from the life and godliness we willingly participate in. We have neither known this righteous life/godliness nor have we access to it minus the grace/peace found in the righteous act of Jesus Christ.
Our life/godliness is defined by our perceptual lack of God's righteousness. God is distant. God is asleep. God does not listen. God does not see. God is mute. God will not hold us to account. I follow my own heart.
We manage in this life best as we can. We do good on our own terms. Somehow, it is thought, we will do enough good to warrant Heaven. Everything we do is initiated by our own self will, self determination, self resource.
If God was not these corrupt self justifying vanities, if He is indeed righteous in the manner exhibited by the Bible, we would certainly conduct our lives much differently. He is not because we don't want Him to be. We don't see the need for Him to be because we are righteous all on our own.
Again, God's righteousness has allowed for even this for the time being to bring us further into His intended final glory and virtue. How can this be? Let's continue...
TO BE COMPLETED
Great and precious promises
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