We have been invited to share the Creator’s divine nature.
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, NLT.
The Father loves us and has adopted us as His children.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. – 1 John 3:1-3.
By His life and His words, Jesus always glorified His Father. Jesus’ entire life and teachings were always about glorifying God. Jesus’ death on the cross served to glorify or give honor to God. God glorified Jesus Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at His own right hand in a position of great power and authority.
Deity descended to our level to lift us up to His level! This is an astounding thought! Jesus Christ, by his doing and dying (by his obedient life and death), met the righteous requirement of God in the flesh. And so he became the perfect mediator between God and man. He reconciles us to God the Father.
Christ Jesus is Mediator between God and men.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. – 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
Jesus Christ represented God on earth.
All that the Father is, was embodied in the Son.
He is the image of the invisible God. – Colossians 1:15.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. – Colossians 2:9.
The Son is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. – see Hebrews 1:3.
Now, He represents us before the Father in heaven.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. — 1 John 2:1, 2.
Christ Jesus came to do the Father’s will.
Deity became humanity so that humanity could have a taste of the divine nature! This is God’s way! God wanted it to be so! He wanted to save us and make us His own.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” — John 6:38-40.
Deity identified himself with / in humanity for this cause.
We have been reconciled to God.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. – Romans 5:10, 11.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. – John 11:25.
In His resurrection, the beauty, form, style, color, and riches of life were released and expressed.
Jesus desires that we share in His glory!
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’— as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. – Revelation 2:26-28.
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. – Revelation 3:21.
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