We have been called to participate in the Divine Nature of God. Stop and think for just a moment about this. The Lord, and His nature, being Divine is something that we can share in. We are called to be joined together not simply with God, but in His nature. As He is, we are called to be. And the Lord would not call us to this if He were not able to make it happen within us. We must present ourselves before the Throne to receive His touch, but He is the transformer. He is the change agent. He births us again in the Spirit and He cleanses us of everything that is not Divine, that is not of Him. This is our goal. This is where we seek to move, to be in the Divine Nature of God. We immerse ourselves in Him that His nature might become our nature.
In this life, the sinful nature will not be eradicated. For the sinful nature to be eradicated, it must be crucified in Christ and this daily. Even the Apostle Paul found himself struggling with the sinful nature doing those things he despised and did not want to do. Yet, we are called to move more and more into the Diving nature of God seeing with His eyes, understanding with His mind, operating as He operates. It is not a switch that we simply turn on and remain in that state forever. On the contrary, it is a fight where we must pull together all of our strength to hold tightly to Him as all the forces of Hell work to pull us away. But how can I fight to hold on to Him and His nature if I don’t understand it? And how can I understand the nature of God until I understand His nature, the way He is made up. We must understand the doctrine of the Trinity.
Yesterday, we spoke of the three persons of God. He is the Father. He is the Son. And He is the Holy Spirit. He is all three in His one existence. But let’s go deeper. It is not simply that our singular God is plural in nature. The nature of God is found also in how each of these essences interact with one another.
God, the Father, who calls Himself, Elohim, the plural form of the word ‘deity’ in Hebrew, declared in the Garden of Eden, the plan of salvation. He spoke to the Ancient Serpent, the Devil, saying “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers. You will strike His heel, but He will crush your head.” The Father designed the plan. We know from John 3:16 and many others that God sent the Son. “For God so loved the world that He sent…” Jesus, the Son went. He was sent by the Father, but when the Son knelt in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed to the Father, “not my will, but thine be done.” Jesus is God. We established this yesterday. And the Father is God. This too was established in yesterday’s post. Though they are equal, the Father is above the Son in position. The Son lives in submission to the Father. This might be difficult, but there are many authorities in our life that have a higher position than us, but that does not mean that person is somehow more valuable than I am or anyone else. We are all equal before the Lord. This is why the Scripture says that God shows no favoritism. He doesn’t value anyone more than anyone else. We are equal. You are equal with your boss before the Lord, but your boss holds a position that is higher than your position on Earth. Jesus was submissive to the Son.
When we think of submission, we tend to think of it in a human sense. A wife may not agree with her husband, but she will submit to Him. She might not be happy about it. She may not rejoice, but she will choose to submit to her husband as the God-ordained head of the household. The relationship between the Father and the Son is different because there is never a disagreement between them. God sent the Son and the Son submitted to the Father, but the Son desired to be sent as much as the Father wanted to send Him. There is no disagreement between them because they are one essence. Jesus was submissive, willingly submissive. God, the Father sent Him, but there was no argument.
I remember when my parents wanted me to invite this one kid over for Christmas because his parents worked. I thought to myself, “I do not want to invite him over. He’s hyper. He will break me toys.” Yet, I submitted to my parents. And yes, he broke my toys. When I say toys, I mean the only one I cared about that day. It was a six-million-dollar man action figure. Yeah…yeah! I know many of you want to call it a doll. A doll is female, but an action figure is boys. BOOM! THAT’S WHAT I’M TAKING ABOUT. But I digress. The point is that I submitted. Are my parents worth more to Him than I am? Absolutely not! But the Lord put them in a position above me and they put me beneath their authority, so I submitted.
But with Jesus, though the Father is above Him, they want the very same things because they are one in the same. And just as the Son is submissive to the Father, so the Holy Spirit is submissive to the Son. The Holy Spirit speaks only what is given Him by the Son (John 16:13). The Spirit is also submissive to the Father. The Father also sent the Spirit (John 14:16). The Father sent the Spirit because the Son asked Him to do this (John 14:16). The Spirit is submissive to the Son and the Father. The Son submits to the Father.
They also each glorify one another. Jesus called upon the Father to glorify Him as the Son so that He, in turn, could glorify the Father (John 17:1). The Father is bringing glory to the Son and the Son to the Father. The Son also gives glory to the Spirit. He tells His followers that it is good that he is leaving them to go back to Heaven, because then they will receive the gift of God, the Holy Spirit. Then He builds up the Spirit saying the Spirit will lead them into all Truth. There is submission between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though they are one God, each submits to the other with respect to their position. And each is working to bring glory to the other. Jesus wanted to glorify the Father by serving Him and obeying Him and directing people to Him. But then the Lord, the Father, after the Son glorified Him, lifted Him up to the highest place and set His name above every name so that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
This is the nature of God.
He is mutually submissive. He mutually glorifying. He is mutually edifying. This is how the Lord can claim to be love (John 14:6). It is not that God loves though He does. It is that God is love by His Divine Nature. Within Himself, if there were no other life-forms, God is love. Each person of the Trinity loves perfect the others within the Trinity. There is no other god of any religion that can claim this nature.
Other religions have a singular God, unlike our plural God. The thing about a singular life-form is that within themselves, they are not love nor can they love without an object to love. They are incomplete. They can love when they have an object to love, but without this object, they cannot love. God, our God, needs nothing outside of Himself in order to be able to love. By His very nature, His Divine Nature is love, pure and unconditional love. There is no other god like our God (1 Samuel 2:2). There is no Rock like our God 1 Samuel 2:2). There is none like you Lord (1 Chronicles 17:20).
I once heard someone say, “It doesn’t matter what you call him as long as you believe in God.” It is the Divine Nature of our God that separates him from every other imagination of humanity. He is who He is and there is none like Him. He is above all.