2 Peter 1:4 – As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.
Forgiveness and life after death are not all God is after; He is looking for a total transformation in our lives. Now don’t take this the wrong way, He is not expecting you to change yourself; He knows that that is totally out of the question. He is looking for an inward renovation; a renovation that is much more significant than you could ever imagine. He will not be satisfied until He makes you like Him. This goes way beyond human effort or ability, this takes us into God’s territory. Of course it starts with repentance and forgiveness (even that is the work of God) but by all means it doesn’t stop there. That just gives the Lord the open door to come into our lives. In today’s passage Peter is speaking of absolute holy ground, like the ground he stood on at the transfiguration. He is describing intimate fellowship with God that begins to make us more and more like Himself. Here are some thoughts from the Passion Notes on today’s verses.
“The Greek word koinonos means “to participate as a partner, to partake of, to be a companion with, to have fellowship with” the divine nature. This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, that God shares his nature with us. We are given birth by the Holy Spirit to be God’s true sons and daughters, and every father imparts his DNA and his “nature” to his children. The Greek word physis (nature) is taken from the word phyō, which means “to give birth, produce, bring forth, or to grow up.” Christ lives in us and transforms us into his very own likeness. In Christ we share with him the divine nature. We will all bear the image of the Man from heaven, Jesus Christ.”
The disciples had walked in fellowship with Christ in His humanity but that wasn’t enough as far as God was concerned. He didn’t want to be just with His disciples, He wanted to be in them. That is where the real work begins, God inside us. It doesn’t get more intimate than that. In that place of intimacy the change begins, there we are transformed into His own very image. This is what He has been after all along, sons and daughters of God.