Through the years people have asked the question of “what is life all about and why am I here?” Here is some insight to these questions. In the first few verses of 2 Peter, chapter 1, we are told that through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord and by his divine power we are given things that pertain to life and godliness. Through this knowledge and power we “are given 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 Pet 1:4) Being made partakers of the divine nature of God, what more could we want! What more could we need! In the next 3 verses Peter tells us of this divine nature (faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness and charity) and says,”…if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall never be barren not unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” These parts of God’s divine nature don’t just encourage us, but Peter says they make us fruitful for God in our Christian walk. If we lack these parts of God’s nature then we are blind and cannot see afar off (vs 9) and therefore would be unfruitful for God.
In Galatians, chapter 5, we are given 9 fruits of having God’s Spirit manifested in our life: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. All these qualities of God nature and Spirit are the same that he liberally bestowed on us to bring us to salvation and to give us purpose for life on earth. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:18) There are other attributes of God; such as mercy,compassion, forgiveness; that are all summed up in love, for “God is love”. He has provided for us and has given to those who hunger enough, all his divine nature. As a Christian we dwell in God’s love, his nature, and he dwells in us (ref 1 Jn 4:16).
PARTAKERS OF GOD
To see more into how we can partake of God, look at the sixth chapter of John. Jesus said we are to be partakers of him, to identify our body, our life, with his. Lets look at one facet of partaking of his death. Jesus gave his flesh and blood on the cross. Are we not to identify ourselves with him at the cross? Are we not to be crucified with Christ? We are to be partakers of his flesh and blood. Is not this the communion with him we have at the Lord’s Supper? A communion with his death. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16) John tells us more about this.
THE BREAD OF LIFE
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (Jn 6:35) In John 6:63 Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” So when Jesus said we will never hunger and never thirst he was speaking spiritually. When he spoke of himself as the bread of life he was speaking spiritually. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper we are doing something that is physical. The bread and cup are something we physically touch. Now lets look at 1 Corinthians 11:23 and on. The Apostle Paul said, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me, after the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” We see that when we physically partake, (that is, eat and drink) not only at a church meeting, but as often as we partake of the bread and cup, we should do it in remembrance of him. This can be at any time and any place. He was speaking spiritually when he said the bread was his body and the cup was his blood as we see in the following verses. Continuing at verse 26, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” Here he is talking about the physical bread and cup of which we partake being the outward sign of our spiritual belief. Verse 27, “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Before I was saved from my sins, I partook of the bread and cup unworthily and was guilty.
Now notice the change in verse 28 where God’s word changes from ‘this bread’ and ‘this cup’ to ‘that bread’ and ‘that cup’. “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” Now Paul has changed from a physical piece of bread and a cup to the spiritual partaking of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.
Look again to John 6 where in verse 27 Jesus says, “Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give you…” In verse 31 -35, the Jews (see vs 41) said, “Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Starting at verse 47, Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Remember in verse 37 Jesus said it is the Spirit that quickens our mortal bodies, not the fleshly, physical things of the earth.
WE BECOME THAT BREAD
We must partake of his life, eat that living bread and therefore partake of his sufferings, his joy, his sorrows, his power, his love, his compassion, his spirit, his divine nature so we can do his ministry. This is not something God gives us for our ourselves but for his ministry. Just as Jesus was that bread which God sent down from heaven so are we now that bread on earth. “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” (1 Cor 10:17) “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:19) God has given us a ministry and has provided all we need. “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, not his seed begging bread.” (Ps 37:25)
We partake of him and become the recipient of great and precious promises to be partakers of God’s own divine nature to do his ministry on earth. God has sent his bread of life freely to his creation. We are that bread that he has sent, we are that word of reconciliation to the world. When we partake of God’s divine nature, partake of that living bread, we become God’s living word in this world. If so be that we have put on that divine nature, if we have partaken of that bread from heaven, the bread of his life manifested in our mortal bodies, then we will never be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.