Family takes us back to our origin, the place we were born. It is our identity. It charges us with our purpose, our character. It brings to us heritage and inheritance. The church is God’s family, a family born of God by the water and the Spirit (1Tim 3:15; Gal 6:10; Jn 3:3-5; 1Jn 5:1-5).
God has offered to us everything we need for life and godliness, and He has offered to us certain qualities of His own divine nature. A continuing and increasing measure of these qualities will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet 1:3-4, 5-8). We are to diligently seek to add to our faith, goodness and in that goodness, knowledge, and in that knowledge self control and in that self control, perseverance/endurance/patience (2 Pet 1:5-6).
When we make the decision to love, we are making the decision to imitate God. If Christianity can be accomplished by human force then it is empowered by the flesh. Christ does not reign by human force (cf. Jn 6:15). God’s call to us in the gospel is a call for us to choose the way of faith and the Spirit so that we may participate in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by fleshly lusts (Eph 5:1; Col 1:13; 2 Pet 1:3-8).
Participating in His Divine Nature: Knowledge
God has offered to us everything we need for life and godliness, and He has offered to us certain qualities of His own divine nature. A continuing and increasing measure of these qualities will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet 1:3-4, 5-8).
John 6: 1-15, 22-29
John 20: 30-31
Times in our lives where we find ourselves trying to make Jesus more than what He promises, we should remember the work of God. Believe in Whom God has sent. Believe that he can take empty purification jars, have someone fill them with water and make from them the choicest wine. That he fed five thousand with 5 loaves and 2 fish, that he raises the dead, and that he offers us peace. Many more signs are given, but John offers us these so that we may believe that He is the Christ and by believe, have life in His name.
God’s offer is to come out of darkness and into wonderful light. God’s offer is to come into fellowship with His Son, Christ Jesus. God’s offer is for us out of His own goodness. His offer is to show His goodness to the world. Let’s take God up on His offer and be participants in His divine nature. Let’s bring God’s goodness to the world! (2 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Peter 2:9; Galatians 5:16-25)
The Bible tells us that what God has to say to us, today, He says in His Son, Jesus Christ, not through various ways or dreams as He did in times past. We need to listen to His voice for us today, in His Son, so that, we may overcome this world and not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness (Heb 3:1-18; 1 Jn 5:4).
Lev 16; Hebrews 7, 9, 10
The function of a high priest is to bring people to God, Jesus, Himself, is our High Priest.