Posted by: SandreS | March 27, 2009

Participation in Divine Life

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him (I John 3:2).

The Lord Jesus Christ is our means of participation in divine life. We join in the life of God through our union with the Son. “In Christ” we share in the very life that the Son has with the Father.

The Son of God “… proceeded forth and came from God …” (John 8:42). “He liveth by the power of God” (II Corinthians 13:4); and, “In that He liveth, He liveth unto God” (Romans 6:10).

He is the beloved of the Father (Matthew 3:17; 17:5) Whose sure testimony is, “I do always those things that please Him [the Father](John 8:29).

Jesus Christ: The Divine Prototype

Paul Billheimer has written wonderfully about our place in the Lord Jesus Christ:

Created originally in the image of God, redeemed humanity has been elevated by means of a divinely conceived genetic process … to the highest rank of all created beings… This union goes beyond a mere formal, functional or idealistic harmony or rapport. It is an organic unity … We become … actual generated sons of God (I John 3:2), “partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4) … generated by His own life …

From all eternity God purposed to have a family circle of His very own, not only created but also generated by His own life, incorporating His own seed, “sperma,” “genes,” or heredity. Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very Own, through what Christ would do for us (Ephesians 1:4; also 5:25-27, 32). In order to obtain this personal, organic family relationship, God conceived the infinitely vast and infinitely wise plan of creation plus redemption… in order to bring “many sons into glory” (Hebrews 2:10) …

Christ is the Prototype after which all other sons are being fashioned … God’s purpose in the plan of redemption – to produce … an entirely new and unique species, exact replicas of His Son with whom He will share His glory and His dominion, and who will constitute a royal progeny and form the governing and administrative staff of His eternal kingdom.

While we recognize the infinite distinction between the “Son” and the “many sons” born into the family, yet such is their heredity … that He recognizes them as bona fide blood-brothers …

Christ is the divine Prototype after which this new species is being made. They are to be exact copies of Him, true genotypes … As sons of God, begotten by Him, incorporating into their fundamental being and nature the very genes of God, they rank above all other created beings and are elevated to the most sublime height possible … (Destined for the Throne, First Edition, 1975, pp. 33-37).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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