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man as described in II Pet. 2: 18-22 (Further notes on these verses will be found in the
series entitled: Great and precious promises).
The divine power is set forth in its positive bearing; "life and godliness". The divine
nature is set forth in its negative bearing: "having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust." Just as divine power and the divine nature are but two aspects of the
life of Christ, so "life" and "godliness" as opposed to "corruption" and "lust" set forth
two aspects of the pulsation of this life in the believer. The participation of the believer
in this divine nature is indeed a precious gift of God, and we are not surprised, therefore,
to discover that those promises that mediate this gift are described as "exceeding great
and precious". It is "by these" that it is possible to become partakers of this divine
nature. Paul's use of the word "promise" in Eph. 3: is somewhat similar:--
"That the Gentiles should be joint-heirs, and a joint body, and joint partakers of His
promise in Christ by the gospel: whereof I was made a minister" (Eph. 3: 6, 7).
To become one with God, to realize the fulfillment of the gracious words of
John 17:: "I in them, and Thou in Me, that they all may be made perfect in one"; to
experience the oneness of the "heavenly calling" of Heb. 2:: "For both He that
sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one"; to be able to appropriate the
terms of Eph. 4:: "From Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by
that which every joint supplieth"; this is an experience far above and beyond anything
earth can give. As in any measure we realize this, we cannot but acknowledge that the
faith that unites us to this glorious Lord must indeed be "precious"; that the blood that
makes participation in the divine nature possible must be "precious"; and that the great
foundation of all our hopes, the Lord Himself and those exceeding great promises that
minister so much, must indeed be "precious" also.
"Unto you therefore that believe is the preciousness."