OUR OWN DIVINITY OF LIFE

THE INTRODUCTION

The Bible says, "Whereby are give unto us many 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" (2 Peter 1:4). Now, our life is precious because we have been redeemed so that we can become a partaker of the Divine Nature of God in that world which is to come. Therefore, we should learn the true meaning of what it means to become partaker of the Divine Nature of God in our Heavenly Home. Remember: All Scriptures which are used in this article will be taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

OUR OWN CREATED NATURE OF LIFE IS DIVINE

God, who is our Creator, is Divine. Paul said concerning the Divine Name of God in matters of our own creation of life, "Of whom (God) the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 3:15).

1. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we are made in the image and after the likeness of God in matters of our own creation of life. God said in reference to our own creation of life, "Let us (who are the Heavenly Persons that are called God) make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image", i. e of life (Genesis 1:26-27).

2. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we are
the offspring of God in reference to our own creation of life. Paul said, "For in him (God) we live, and move, and have our being (of life); as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device" (Acts 17:28-29).

3. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we are called
a god in matters of our own creation of life. The Jews said unto Jesus, "Thou being a man makest thyself God. Jesus said, It is written in your law, I said ye (created men) are gods. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:34-36).

4. Since God is Divine, we are divine because God is
the Name of a Divine Family who lives in heaven, but God become the name of a divine family who lives upon the earth. Paul teaches us that God is the name of a Divine Family who lives in heaven, but God become the name of a divine family who lives upon the earth because we are the offspring of God. "Of whom (God) the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 3:15).

5. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we can become
the fullness of God in reference to our own creation and redemption of life. Paul prayed, "That Ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:19).

6. Since God is Divine,, we are divine because we can become
a partaker of the Divine Nature of God in matters of our own creation and redemption of life. Peter said, "God hath given unto us many 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" (2 Peter 1:4).

7. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we are
a temple of God in reference to our own creation and redemption of life. Paul said, "Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Corinthians 6:16).

8. Since God is Divine, we are divine because God
works in us so that He can help us to overcome the forces of evil. Paul said, "Work our your own salvation with fear and trembling: For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:12-13).

9. Since God is Divine, we are divine because God
dwells in us so that He can make us to be greater than our Adversary who is Satan. John said, "Greater is he (God) that is in you, than he (Satan) who is in the world" (1 John 4:5).

10. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we can become
a partaker of the Spiritual Nature of God in our heavenly home. Paul said, "The Kingdom (the Church) will be presented unto God in heaven so that God (the Spiritual Nature of God) will be all (to each Person who is living in heaven) and in all", i. e. of each Persons who is living in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

11. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we will have
the Divine Name of God written upon us in our heavenly home. Our Lord said, "Him (the person) who overcometh (the powers of sin) will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name" (Revelation 3:12).

12. Since God is Divine, we are divine because we can
reign eternally with the Lord our God in our heavenly home. Paul said, "If we suffer, we shall also reign (rule) with him (the Lord our God). If we deny him, he also will deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12). John said, "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of might thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (Revelation 19:6).

OUR OWN REDEEMED NATURE OF LIFE IS DIVINE

Christ, who is our Redeemer, is Divine. Paul said concerning the Divine Name of Christ in matters of our redemption of life, "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19).

1. Since Christ is Divine, we are divine because we are a new creature in Christ in reference to our own regeneration of life. Paul said, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2. Since Christ is Divine, we are divine because we possess
the Divine Nature of Christ in matters of our own redemption of life. Paul said, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). "For Christ (the Divine Nature of Christ is all (to each person who has been redeemed) and in all", of each Person who has been redeemed (Colossians 3:11).

3. Since Christ is Divine, we are divine because a Divine Christ
lives in us in reference to our own regeneration of life. Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

4. Since Christ is Divine, we are divine because we are
joint-heirs (equal heirs) with Christ in matters of our own redemption of life. Paul said, "The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs (equal heirs) with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:16-17).

THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR OWN DIVINITY OF LIFE

1. We must imitate God who is the Divine Name of three equal Persons that are called the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator because we are the offspring of God. "Be ye therefore followers (imitators) of God, as dear children" (Ephesus 5:1).

2. We must imitate Christ, who was made to be the Divine Name of three equal Persons that are called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in being our Redeemer because we are a new creature in Christ. "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leavening us an example, that ye should follow his steps; Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him (God) that judgeth righteously" (1 Peter 1:21-23).

THE APPLICATION

1. We will never be able to understand the greatness of our own divine nature of life unless we are willing to learn that the damnable heresies of the Religious World is what makes a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in a religious way upon the earth because they simply make the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons to exist in their man-made churches.

2. The New Testament Church of Christ must Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because each congregation of the New Testament Church must be autonomous (self-ruled), and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops. For an example:

THE RELIGIOUS FOLLY OF A RANKED HIERARCHY

THE DAMNABLE HERESIES OF THE RELIGIOUS WORLD

Our Lord said, "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures nor the Power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

1. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because Christ (not a redeemed man) is the Head (the Ruler) of the Lord's Church. Paul said, "He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning,, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence", i. e. being first in power, rule, and authority (Colossians 1:18). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly enriches the whole being of our own Redeemed Nature of life because a redeemed man can not rule over the Lord's Church.

2. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church must be autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops. Luke said, "And when they had ordained them elders (more than one person) in ever church, and had prayed, with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed" (Acts 14:23). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly exalts all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because a presiding elder can not rule over other elders or bishops, nor can a presiding priest rule over other priests in the Lord's Church.

3. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because all New Testament Christians are made to be kings and priest unto God so that the Lord can help them to rule over the forces of evil. John said, "Unto him (Christ) that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. And hath make us kings and priest unto God and his Father; unto him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:6-7). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly magnifies the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no redeemed king or priest can be any greater in power, rule, and authority than another redeemed king or priest in the Lord's Church.

4. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because no one religious man can be first in power, rule, and authority which concerns his leadership in the Lord's Church. John said of Diotrephes who wanted to be first in power, rule and authority, "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence (wanting to be first in power, rule and authority) among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth prating against us with malicious words; and not content therewith, neither doeth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church" (2 John 9-10). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly upgrades the whole being of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no one redeemed man can be first in power, rule, and authority in the Lord's Church.

5.
A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not make any priest (a religious person) to be our Spiritual Father upon the earth. Our Lord said, "Call no man (a religious person) your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly amplifies all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because no one redeemed man can be our Spiritual Father upon the earth. For an example, we can not make any church leader to be called: Father Jones, Father, Brown, Father Burke, and etc.

6. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not made any redeemed man to be our Reverend upon the earth. The Psalmist said concerning the Divine Name of God, "Holy and reverend is his name" (Psalms 111:9). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly enhances the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because we can not make any church leader to be called by this Religious Title. For illustrating purposes, we can not make any church leader to be called Rev. Jones, Rev. Brown, Rev. Burke and etc.

7. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because we can not pray to any angel or a loved one who has departed this life. Paul said, "Let not man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility (making others to be greater than you are in a religious way) and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18). (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly elevates the total sum of our own Redeemed Nature of life because only the Lord -not an angel nor a departed loved one - can help us to overcome the forces of evil.

8. A Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because the distinction of the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of the New Testament Christianity. Paul said to the Church at Corinth which was making the characteristics of the Clergy and Laity Class of persons to rule in that Church, "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal"? (1 Corinthians 3:3-4) (KJV) Therefore, since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally RULE in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this greatly extols all aspects of our own Redeemed Nature of life because the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of New Testament Christianity.

Our Lord said, "Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH shall make you FREE", i. e. of sin (John 8:32).

THE CONCLUSION

THE RELIGIOUS INSANITY OF A RANKED HIERARCHY

I. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because Christ (not a redeemed man) is the Head (the Ruler) of the Lord's Church.

2. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church must be autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its own qualified elders or bishops.

3. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because all New Testament Christians are made to be kings and priest unto God so that the Lord can help us to rule over the forces of evil.

4. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because no one religious man can be first in power, rule, and authority which concerns his leadership in the Lord's Church.

5.You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not make any priest (a religious person) to be your Spiritual Father upon the earth.

6. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not made any redeemed man to be your Reverend upon the earth.

7. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because you can not pray to any angel or a loved one who has departed this life.

8. You can not Scripturally make a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth because the distinction of the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons can not exist in matters of the New Testament Christianity.

QUESTIONS

THE RELIGIOUS FOLLY OF MAKING A
RANKED HIERARCHY TO RULE IN HEAVEN

I. T - F: How can you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin because God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit could not be the three Ranked Persons who created and redeemed your own divine nature of life?

2. T - F: Why can't you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin because God and Christ are the two Surnames in which three Equal Persons are made to work in matters of your own creation and redemption of life?

THE RELIGIOUS MADNESS OF MAKING A RANKED
HIERARCHY TO RULE IN THE LORD'S CHURCH

1. T - F: How can you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because the Scriptures forbids the Clergy and the Laity Class of persons to exist in religious matters?

2. T - F: Why can't you Scripturally teach that a Ranked Hierarchy can not rule in the Lord's Church upon the earth because each congregation of the Lord's Church is autonomous (self-ruled) and under the leadership of its qualified elders or bishops?

THE APPLICATION

THIS IS THE GREATNESS OF YOUR OWN CREATION AND REDEMPTION OF LIFE

1. T - F:  Since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally rule in Heaven among those Heavenly Persons who created and redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin, this greatly magnifies the whole being of your own creation and redemption of life because you are created and redeemed in the image and after the likeness of God and Christ who are the two Surnames in which three Equal Persons are made to work in matters of your own creation and redemption of life.

2. T - F: Since a Ranked Hierarchy can not Scripturally rule in the New Testament Church of Christ upon the earth, this highly amplifies the total sum of your own creation and redemption of life because you are equal with any created or redeemed person in matters of your own creation and redemption of life.

YOU SHOULD LEARN AND OBEY THE TRUTH OF GOD

Be sure that you know and understand all of the above statements and questions because this is what life is all about. You only get one chance at life so you should learn all that you can about it because life is all that you possess and life is all that you will ever possess.

Please get others to read this article so that they can learn more about the Divine Blessings of their own being of life.

We in being New Testament Christians possess a created and a redeemed nature of life which we need to know about and understand fully in order to overcome the forces of evil.

If your congregation is interested in having a most informative one day work shop on the Divine Nature of God, and the Divine Nature of Christ in matters of our own creation and redemption of life, please contact me (Charles Burke) at 8481 South Kiva Drive, Safford, Arizona 85546 - (928) 428-3494.

May the Lord bless you and give you wisdom so that you can learn more about the Spiritual Blessings of your own being of life because your life is priceless.

Charles G. Burke: Elder / Minister