2 Peter 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The very purpose of our redemption is declared in this verse – to escape corruption and partake of the divine nature. The ultimate purpose of man’s redemption is to be the dwelling place of God. We often mistake His purpose to be human comfort and fellowship; but the redeemed are called to much greater than simple association with the divine – we have been called to intimate union with our God – God in us through His Holy Spirit.
In the creation of man God reveals His majestic power and sovereignty over all that exists – He then revealed His desire to dwell among His creation through Moses and His providence over Israel. The advent of Jesus Christ expressed God’s ultimate purpose – that His creation would be the place of His ultimate dwelling. Our God given gift of free-will became our Achilles Heel as it was directed toward rebellious autonomy rather than union with our infinitely holy God.
The desires of our flesh wars against the sanctification we are called to through the Holy Spirit. The infinite pleasure available in God’s divine nature is challenged by our inherent sin-nature. It is the promises and provision of our God that should inspire our will to choose His presence above our earthly pleasures.
Read through the Bible in one year – April 12/ Luke 11:29-54; 1 Samuel 19-21