By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God has called Christians to repent and escape from the sinful nature that leads to corruption and death. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the followers of Christ share in a down payment of God’s divine nature. The process of conversion involves submitting to God, striving to become more and more like Christ and growing in godly character. The end goal is to be ready to be changed from corruptible flesh to incorruptible spirit (1 Corinthians 15:53)—to fully take on the divine nature as children in God’s eternal family.
This awesome purpose is indeed an exceedingly great and precious promise!
For more about the power that makes this conversion possible, see our article “How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?”