Previously I wrote that we were begotten in the Heart of God the Father in eternity, in the womb of Our Blessed Mother Mary before the creation of the world. I termed this existence ‘begotten souls’ and further stated that God called these begotten souls ‘man,’ evidenced when God said: “Let Us make man…”(Gn 1:26). It was in that state that we received and lived in the Divine Nature of Almighty God. It is there that we were instructed in the fulness of the Spirit of our Lord God Almighty, and instructed in human life before we came on earth. It was in that state that we were in the mind of Holy Trinity, knowing as He knows, and we looked on in reverential awe at the Majesty and Power of our Creator.
When we were conceived in our earthly mother’s womb, we received our human nature. Our human nature then became the vessel to carry our Divine nature. Since we took on the fallen nature of our first parents Adam and Eve, our human nature imprisoned the Divine Nature and Divine Power of God within our being. Scripture confirms this: “It is sown a natural body: it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body, as it is written: ‘The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit.’ Yet that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural, afterwards that which is spiritual” (1Co 15:44-46).
Since we were living in the Divine Nature and Power ‘before the daystar’ (Ps 109:3), then this Divinity is our true nature, and our humanity is our second nature. As we continue with Saint Paul, we note: “The first man was of the earth, earthly: the second man, from Heaven, Heavenly. Such as is the earthly, such also are the earthly: and such as is the Heavenly, such also are they that are Heavenly. Therefore, as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the Heavenly” (1Co 15:47-49). I emphasize here that the Divine Nature is our real nature, and that it is in ‘being born’ again that we enter into the fulness of that true ‘Nature,’ because “this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality” (1Co 15:53).
Saint Peter explains this more fully when he writes: “Grace to you and peace be accomplished in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord. As all things of His Divine power which appertain to life and godliness are given us through the knowledge of Him Who has called us by His own proper glory and virtue, by Whom He has given us most great and precious promises that by these you may be made partakers of the Divine nature, flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world” (2P 1:2-4). That is, we are already partakers in His Divine Nature and Divine Power, and it is through the birth, life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His Sacraments that we regain His Divine Gifts.
Saint Peter then goes on to enumerate eight virtues by which we are born again and regain our stolen Divine gifts: “And you, employing all care, minister in your faith, virtue: and in virtue, knowledge: and in knowledge, abstinence: and in abstinence, patience: and in patience, godliness: and in godliness, love of brotherhood: and in love of brotherhood, charity…For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the ever-lasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2P 5-7,11).
This then brings me to the purpose of this article: Over the years of my earthly life (not a few!), I constantly begged God to send His Divine Nature, His Divine Will into my heart. I now conclude that I was asking amiss. I already had His Divine Nature, His Divine Power residing in me from before the times of the world! See the Scripture on this point: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ, as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and immaculate in His sight in charity” (Ep 1:3,4).
I now make my prayer and petition to Christ Jesus to sanctify my human nature and bring it to unity in the Divine Nature and Power which I had before the times of the world. It is only in Him that this can be done: “For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one” (Hb 2:11). Jesus spoke of this on the night before He was betrayed: “And now glorify Thou Me, O Father, with Thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was with Thee” (Jn 17:5). He goes on to pray to Our Father on the very point which I am making here: “And for them do I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth…That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me, and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou hast given Me, I have given to them, that they may be one, as We also are One. I in them, and Thou in Me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast also loved Me” (Jn 17:19-23).
It is necessary then that we pray for the grace to rid ourselves of all our inherited and acquired ‘fallen nature’ and so be able to enter into our true Divine Nature and Power. Jesus alluded to this when He said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, he that believes in Me, the works that I do, he also shall do, and greater than these shall he do” (Jn 14:12). It is through Christ Jesus that we are sanctified and regain the Divine Nature and Power. Notice what Jesus said: “Whereunto shall I esteem the Kingdom of God to be like? It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened” (Lk 13:20,21), and later He said: “For lo, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Lk 17:21). This ‘oneness’ is best described as Eucharistic man. He completes what God said in the beginning: ‘Let Us make man to our image and likeness.’ It is done. Eucharistic man is the fulness of the Divine Power, Divine Authority, in the Divine Nature of the New Man, the Firstborn from the dead, Eucharistic Christ Jesus (Col 1:15).
Take back what has been stolen from you in the Garden of Eden, it is your inheritance in Christ Jesus: “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leads to Life and few there are that find it!” (Mt 7:14). Enter that narrow gate, for here is a key to help you find your True Nature.