II PETER 4:1 EXEGESIS

II Peter 1:4 – “whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that my these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

What does this verse mean when it refers to “partakers of the divine nature”? First, it does not mean that the believer can become absorbed into God or that he partakes of God’s divine essence. Jesus Christ alone, the only begotten Son of God, can say that He is one with and of the same essence with God. Christ alone dwells in the light “which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see” (I Timothy 6:15). In Revelation 22:3 in the New Heaven and New Earth, the Bible says that God is still God and “his servants shall serve him.” God is God, and though the believer is His child through Christ, he is not God and never will be.

When II Peter 1:4 speaks of being a “partaker of the divine nature,” it refers to for taking of God’s moral qualities, which is what the Bible means when it speaks of man as made in the image of God. Adam was made in God’s image morally, as an up write being in whom was no sin. This verse refers to the same thing as Ephesians 4:24, “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” and also Colossians 3:10, “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

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