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The Divine Nature
What the Bible says about living a Christ-like life
By Randall L. Green
IT HAS BECOME popular today among some gospel teachers and writers to suggest that since salvation comes by the Grace of God, God expects nothing more of us than to accept Christ in our lives; that having done so, we have “arrived” at salvation and no choice we make in our lives thereafter is either to our detriment or to our benefit — or, for that matter, to the detriment or benefit of anyone else.
But does the Bible really support that view?
In The Divine Nature: What the Bible says about living a Christ-like life, author Randall L. Green, who has been a devoted student of the Bible since first learning to read, asks the question: “What does God expect of me?” And he turns to the Bible for the answers.
The book’s title and theme are taken from the Second Epistle of Peter, chapter 1:
and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of
Jesus our Lord,
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
"And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
"And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
"And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
"For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:
for if you do these things, ye shall never fall:
"For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
"Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things,
though ye know them, and be established in the present truth."
2 Peter 1:2-12