The divine nature of Christ is progressively created in us. It is erroneous to say we either have His nature fully abiding in us or we don’t. Christ’s nature is formed in us through assimilating Him as the Living Word. An open, honest heart is the fertile ground needed for the Word to be planted in us. The seed then grows accordingly. Keep in mind, when we say “the Word,” it is not the letter of the Scriptures or anointed teaching, but Christ Himself. Christ IS the word. Only a living word, Christ, can form the divine nature in us. It can be difficult to distinguish Christ, the Word from Christ, our Savior and His many other manifestations. Rev. 19 opens this revelation to us.
11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Verses 13 and 16 are synonymous. He is King, Lord, and the Word of God. This is Christ coming forth in maturity in His sons. We want to distinguish between the Holy Spirit moving upon an individual manifesting various gifts, and the nature of Christ established in a believer. The church age emphasized gifts and the anointing upon an individual. Phrases like “strong anointing” or “filled with the Spirit” have dominated the church age narrative. This narrative has not been wrong; to the contrary, it defines the church age. It defines those who have been faithful witnesses of Christ throughout history. But a new day is opening.
God always begins on a lower or incomplete level, and progresses to the perfect. We could relate the age of the Old Testament where the blessings and dealings of the Lord were primarily on a temporal level, the church age where God began to deal with the soul of man, and this new realm where God begins to deal with our spirits, as progressive days. We see this pattern in Hosea 6.
1 ¶ “Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.
3 “So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
In the “third day,” the day of spirit, we are raised up to live before Him. It is in our spirits that the divine nature is formed in us. His nature does not begin on a soulish level. Religion in the soul realm is the counterfeit of Christ’s nature. The Pharisees of Jesus’ time walked in this counterfeit realm. Jesus told them, “For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” The righteousness of God coming forth in His sons will never look outwardly pious because it is a work of grace that is appropriated through receiving Christ, the living word. It begins in a believer’s spirit and progressively permeates the whole of his/her being. We see this principle in three of the parables from Mat. 13.
33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
Now, many times in the Scriptures leaven represents corruption, and that understanding has been applied by many to this parable. But if we can receive it, this parable also teaches us something altogether different. Mystically, the “kingdom of heaven” is the nature of God. His nature is likened as leaven, which a woman hid in three pecks of flour. It’s significant that it is in three pecks of flour. We are the flour and the number three represents our triune make-up of spirit, soul, and body. The “leaven” works its way through the flour until all of it is leavened. The nature of God penetrates spirit, soul, and body, if it is allowed. It begins in our spirits, and then works deeply into our souls, and will eventually raise up the physical body. It is also significant that Jesus said a woman hid the leaven in three pecks of flour. The forming of Christ’s nature in His sons is a hidden work. It is not obvious to the outer eye. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves (2nd Cor. 4:7).” Mystically, the woman hiding the leaven is Zion, the true church, for the living word of Christ is ministered through her.
We see the revelation of progression again in Jesus’ explanation of the parable of the sower.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower.
19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
20 “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
22 “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Verses 18-19 begin with Jesus identifying the seed being sown as the word of the kingdom. As previously stated, Christ and His nature are synonymous. It is relevant to point to another parable in Mat. 13 before we go any further.
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Notice how verse 32 tells us the mustard seed is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree. Mystically, the tree points to mature sons of God. The Scriptures are filled with metaphors of trees representing the saints. The seed is planted by a man into his field. Christ is the sower and we are His field. Christ’s nature progresses in His sons until they become havens for all of God’s people to take shelter and give birth, as nesting suggests. It is the progression of Christ’s nature in a people.
It’s also noteworthy that the field in which the seed is sown is not a cultivated field, but a rough one. The Greek word for “field” in this passage is agros. The Greek word georgion, which is used in 1st Cor. 3:9, refers to a tilled or cultivated field. Paul, speaking to the Corinthians, says, “You are God’s field (georgion).” The divine nature comes forth in us while we are still a rough, untilled field. The word itself begins to till and cultivate our “soil.”
Let’s return to the parable of the sower. We want to focus on verse 23. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” The good soil represents the one who hears the word and understands it. Now, if we interpret this verse at face value, it would seem to be indicating various groups of believers, each bringing forth fruit in different measures. But this sentence is not referring to various groups. There is only one group. The “man” who hears the word and understands it enters into a progression of Christ’s nature in him. The thirty, sixty, and hundredfold must be interpreted mystically. The numbers represent progression, not separate groups. Each believer who is receiving the word will find a progression of Christ’s life growing inside.
The Greek word for “some” is hos. “Some” is not a good translation because it infers separate groups. This word can be researched in Strong’s. If our hearts are open and we are “good soil,” we can be confident of Paul’s statement in 1st Thess. 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”