God became one with man when, in the council between the Father and the Son in heaven it was determined that if man fell from his allegiance, the Son of God should be his Redeemer and restore in him the moral image of God. How was it to be done? “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, …full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. Christ’s oneness with the Father brings us into close union, through the Son of God, with the Father.
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Christ could have done nothing during His earthly ministry in saving fallen man if the divine had not been blended with the human.The limited capacity of man cannot define this wonderful mystery—the blending the two natures, the divine and the human.It can never be explained.Man must wonder and be silent.And yet man is privileged to be a partaker of the divine nature, and in this way he can to some degree enter into the mystery.This wonderful exhibition of God’s love was made on the cross of Calvary.Divinity took the nature of humanity, and for what purpose?—That through the righteousness of Christ humanity might partake of the divine nature.This union of divinity and humanity, which was possible with Christ, is incomprehensible to human minds. . . Man must be a partaker of the divine nature in order to stand in this evil time, when the mysteries of satanic agencies are at work.Only by the divine power united with the human can souls endure through these times of trial.Says Christ, “Without me ye can do nothing.” Then there must be far less of self and more of Jesus.
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