“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.”
that through these
“These” are the promises of the previous phrase. As a result of using these promises, we partake of the divine nature.
you may be partakers
“May be” comes from a word meaning to become. Becoming implies the idea of growth. This is not primarily dealing with being but with becoming. The normal word for “be” means to exist. That would imply that we possess the divine nature. That is not the point here.
Since “be” here means becoming, this passage refers to becoming something that we are not right now. We are not like Christ right now. We want to become more like Him. This is not dealing with receiving God’s nature at our spiritual birth but manifesting the nature we share with God. “Becoming” is not absorption into God as the mystics would have us believe, but the application of positional truth to experience.
“Partakers” means companion, partner, sharer. This is someone who participates with someone else in some enterprise or joint matter of concern. This is a partner or associate. Christians partake in the divine nature. We join with God in the common concern of manifesting God’s character in our lives.
We need to join with God in manifesting His character to the world.
We cannot lose our salvation, but we can lose a lot if we step out of fellowship with God. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband, catastrophe followed him for the next few years. Sin has a price tag. That price tag is ugly.
It is incumbent and mandatory for us to live the Spirit-filled life or revert to type. If we do not allow ourselves to be filled with the Spirit, we will fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The old capacity cannot do anything right. The new capacity cannot do anything wrong. There is a struggle between the old and new capacities.
If we struggle within, then that is an indication we are born again. The non-Christian does not struggle with sin regularly because his conscience does not bother him. His conscience is dead toward God. His conscience is as reliable as a rubber tape measure.
There is nothing within a non-Christian but sin capacity. Their Adamic capacity given to them by their parents completely monopolize the direction of their lives. They are 100% flesh. Thus, they do anything they want to do. They look at anything they want. They listen to anything without discrimination. They touch anything they desire. They have no restraint or inhibition. There are no restrictions or prohibitions to them. They are without God and, therefore, without internal spiritual standards.
Prov. 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.”