He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust (2 Peter 1:4).
Trying to “do church” or “live like Christians” apart from the divine nature is not new to this generation. Jesus taught His disciples:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (Matthew 7:21-23).’”
Undoubtedly in these days of increasing lawlessness, this is an even greater problem.
A clear prophetic voice to the church, Bryan Corbin, offers this insight:
“Our problem with authority is rooted in our disdain for submission, which is significant given that our Lord’s example was one of perfect yieldedness. What makes the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so appealing is the autonomy it offers. I would suggest that ‘the church’ we’ve grown up with is what organically grows from our human nature. If we hope to see something different, we need to become ‘partakers of the divine nature.’”
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you (Hebrews 13:17).
- Obedience is an outward action
- Submission is an inward attitude
There are many newer persuasions of “church” that are not only autonomous from the mainstream but are also decidedly autonomous from any form of authoritative leadership. Obeying another man does not fit into their belief system, much less submitting to him. As Bryan so clearly observed, “What makes the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so appealing is the autonomy it offers.” Their “bottom line” is their own understanding, the fruit of their intellectual conclusions—whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things (Philippians 3:19).
The objective of our Father is to have a family subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21), a people who recognize and receive one another for who each one is in Christ. But first, there is a process in which the dynamics of leaders/followers must be embraced.
After three years of life together, and only hours before His arrest, Jesus said to His disciples:
“You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:14-15).”
We are praying for a kingdom, a government on earth that requires a new creation with a divine nature. Religious liberty and parlor games will ultimately find no place in the church that Jesus is building, the church that will assault and overwhelm the very gates of Hades.
Another rich Corbinism:
“God’s faithfulness to complete the good work He’s begun in His children makes it difficult to simply dismiss those who’ve disappointed us in the past. To assume the position that people never change is to deny God’s ability to transform and redeem.”
“With immense pleasure, He laid out His intentions through Jesus, a plan that will climax when the time is right as He returns to create order and unity—both in heaven and on earth—when all things are brought together under the Anointed’s royal rule (Ephesians 1:19 THE VOICE).”