“Partakers of the Divine Nature” (Fri. Feb. 19)

  The word of the day is “partakers.”  In various places in the New Testament, we hear that we are to become “like God.”  Our reading of 2 Peter 1:1-10 ties all these terms together in the concept of “deification.”  At the core of today’s passage, the apostle writes, “… that you may be partakers of the divine nature…” (vs. 4).  Our discussion will explore the background of this thought. A startling statement of the Athanasius summarizes the topic of today’s study.  In 318 A.D., the theologian wrote a seminal book entitled On the Incarnation.  To explain why the Son of God came down from heaven to “become man,” the church father wrote, “God became man so that man might…