“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” — Isaiah 55:8–9.
In the light of what our Creator says concerning the vast gulf that lies between His ways and thoughts and ours, it is no wonder that we fail to live up to His requirements. Consider the following —
We are not creators of this world or the universe. We are creatures. So, how can we have the Creator’s thoughts, attitudes, and ways? He is purely a Spirit Being. We are a melding of spirit, soul, and body. He can be anywhere and everywhere simultaneously. We are restricted by our bodies to a definite place and time. We would only have those qualities and capabilities that have been built into us, our psyche.
How then can we look upon each other / one another from the Creator’s perspective or with His attitude? For example, I may build (create) a robot, or anything for that matter. I may like my creation and want it to function properly and smoothly. Towards that end, I would have certain qualities, functions, built into my creation. My creation would only have those functions and capabilities that I have put into it.
I would be the creator. I would not be the creation. I could not expect my creation to be like, or superior to, me. For then, I would lose my creator status. The Creator is able where the creature is unable.
So, we should quit trying to be like the Creator; having his — Creator’s — attitude or perspective. Reason? As creatures, we can’t. How can creatures be like their Creator? The Creator looks down from a position of superiority; the creature looks up from an inferior position. The Creator is supreme and lacks nothing in Himself; the creature lacks the Creator’s superiority, His abilities. The Creator and the creature do not share the same platform.
A creature can be a creator too, but his creation would be inferior to himself; not like or superior to himself. Question: would a creator create something /one superior to himself without losing his creator status?
In Jesus Christ, we find the Creator stepping off His lofty position and assuming the likeness of the creature — He descends to the creature’s world and level! He could do this because He is the Creator! Our Creator, being deity even in the creature form, was superior to the creature. He never broke the Creator’s laws of being; He could not, since He was from the Creator family (deity). However, having exposed himself to the creature’s weaknesses, He could now fully sympathize, even empathize, with the creature’s weaknesses. He feels with the creature. In the human form, our Creator groaned in deep travail at the helplessness, desperation, and limitations of the creature. So, He invites us to partake of His nature — boundless, limitless, glorious, and eternal – and have a real life, eternal life.
Deity became humanity so that humanity could have a taste of the divine nature! This is God’s way!
For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. — 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
We have been invited to share the Creator’s divine nature — through godly living.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. — 2 Peter 1:3, 4.
[To be continued.]
–This is a dynamic article, subject to revision.
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