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How Are We Partakers of His Divine Nature?

 One of the great passages of the Scriptures appears in Peter's second epistle and in a recent reading from Charles Spurgeon's writings, he speaks of how we are partakers in God's Divine nature - as he points out, not by being divine in our own nature, but by our relationship "in Christ".  2 Peter 1:3-4 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there will always be a fixed gulf in terms of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the
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The Promise in Times of Pain

  This next Sunday I will speak at New Life Fellowship - my home church in Randolph.  I am teaching a couple of times a month while the Pastoral search continues.  I told my friends there that I'm going to teach through the book of 1st Peter for as long as I have the opportunity to do so. The first part of Peter's letter is a grand doxology of Praise to God who has called us to himself, saved us by His grace through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and was resurrected from the grave, and who has given to us life.  We are "born again to a living hope," Peter writes in these first five verses.  1 Peter 1:1-5  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.  Blessed

The Bible and Election

 I have been teaching Scripture for almost 50 years now, and probably the two most difficult theological issues to understand - correctly - is what I posted last time concerning the Trinity, and today the doctrine of Election.  When Christians begin to realize that Salvation is a work of God's grace and mercy apart from any works on their part, they often become confused about what this means both personally and others.  One of the chief concerns is "if Election is completely God's will or choice, how do I know if I am elected by God?"  The question itself gives me insight into their heart - to want to know with assurance that they are saved!  I will allow Pastor Charles Spurgeon to fill in the details: Know Your Election For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you .  (I Thessalonians 1:4) Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but that is not possible; it is only to be discovered by “looking to Jesus.”1 If you desire t

The Persons of the Trinity

  One of the more difficult theological issues is understanding the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?  They are not three God, but the persons of the Trinity.  How do we understand their relationship?  The early church spent years trying to sort through this issue and finally came to a resolution that still stands today.  The trinity of the Godhead is One in Essence (substance, from the Greek word " hypostasis "), but three in Persons.   Besides the theological orthodox understanding of the Trinity, there is also the personal implications for us as believers in Jesus Christ.  Here's a short Charles S Spurgeon note that will help us keep it straight in our head. " Beloved in God the Father... Sanctified in Christ Jesus... In the sanctification of the Spirit ."  (Jude 1:1) Consider the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity, who think of Jesus

Keeping Christ the Main Focus

  1 Timothy 1:14-17   The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. In the 5

Looking at the Positives of what Christ has done for us

 I love reading Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  From my early days as a young believer, I came across Spurgeon - who pastored in London, England, in the mid to late 19th century.  His spiritual reflections were a significant part of my own young growth in Christ, and I have read his writings for these fifty years of my walk with Christ.  Here's an example of why I love him so much. Look at the Positives The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:3 Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, but with scarcely any reference to the mercy and help that God has provided them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state will come forward joyously and say, “I will not spea

Faith, Hope & Motherhood - a guest blog

  My daughter, Lindsay, is mother to four children - two sets of twins!  They are now ages 11 and 8.  She and her husband Peter are wonderful parents and yet we can all imagine what life would be like with two sets of twins still not yet teenage in years - for that matter, we can all wonder what it will be like when the two sets of twins are teenagers! Yikes.   As a grandparent, I'm incredibly proud of her, Pete, and my four grandchildren.  They are growing up and even though they live a long ways away, we get to see and participate in their lives in a very satisfying way... but, we don't have to raise them.   This is a blog Lindsay recently wrote for the National Parenting Initiative in the U.K.  I hope it encourages you, especially moms with young kids. Faith, Hope, and Motherhood Becoming a mum brings so many changes to your life: your time, priorities, expenses, energy, maybe even your work life, will change. My own children arrived in pairs: first one set of twins followed