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“Walt Disney, Ted Williams, Austin Powers—at a glance they don’t seem to have much in common,” opens a July 27, 2011, ABC News report by Bob Woodruff. “But the three are perhaps the most famous names to be associated with cryogenic freezing.”

The report continues with some background: “The idea to cryopreserve humans sprang from the pages of science fiction in the 1960s, when Robert Ettinger, inspired by a sci-fi story he read, founded the Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Mich[igan].

“Inside the institute, over 100 people float inside giant bottles filled with nitrogen at temperatures colder than negative 130 degrees Celsius, hoping one day in the future some doctor will revive them.

“ ‘My father’s intention was that he and his family and friends get a chance to live longer and to take advantage of the promise of future technology,’ David Ettinger told ABC News.”

If you knew a way that could guarantee life everlasting, would you pursue it—beyond cold storage?

In fact, there is a way to live forever, and it’s guaranteed by a down payment on divinity.

What is a down payment?

Have you ever purchased something on a layaway plan, where you made a down payment on the full purchase price, to be fully transacted at a later date? This can serve as a metaphor for God’s fulfilling of the promise to us of eternal life in His Kingdom. He gives us the down payment on divinity today, with the rest of what is promised to come at a later date.

Remember this: God promises a down payment on divinity, your future divine life, and it’s available to you now, right now, with your cooperation and investment. Yet God’s down payment on divinity comes with certain conditions.

Jesus Christ has already gone through this process as a forerunner, perfectly fulfilling certain conditions (Hebrews 5:8-9 Hebrews 5:8-9 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;
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). He was both the Son of Man and the Son of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus died, as all human beings do, but then He lived again, raised to divine life, which God intends to bestow on all humanity (1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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; John 3:16-17 John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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Still, many people wonder whether they will live again.

When I die, will I live again?

The patriarch Job asked and answered this question: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes [resurrection from the dead]. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands”—that is, the person God has finished preparing for the future life (Job 14:14-15 Job 14:14-15 14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. 15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to the work of your hands.
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, emphasis added throughout).

From Genesis to Revelation, the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead is the only path to eternal life. Two billion professing Christians either don’t understand or won’t admit to the resurrection from the dead, preferring instead the manmade and unbiblical doctrine of going consciously to heaven or hell at death. (For the truth on this matter, read the free Bible study aid Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach? )

The apostle Paul’s instruction on the resurrection is logical and indisputable (see 1 Corinthians 15).

Job understood God’s ultimate purpose for human life. He intends to change human beings into divine beings. God wants children in His family, billions of them. This is why humankind was created.

The resurrection from the dead is the culminating miracle of God in people’s lives, changing them from human beings to divine beings like Himself! Many Christians have this hope, to some degree, but they don’t understand that this requires a transformation to God’s way of life in the here and now (Romans 12:2 Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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Divinity depends on Jesus’ resurrection

At the end of His human life, Jesus taught His disciples that He would be leaving them—He would die and be raised from the dead. They were saddened by this. As Jesus said: “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send [it] to you” (John 16:5-7 John 16:5-7 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where go you? 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
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). This Holy Spirit would be a promised down payment on divinity.

Christ’s disciples did not understand God’s spiritual operation of how He would transform ordinary, fleshly, selfish people into extra ordinary and un selfish people so that one day they could become immortal, selfless, eternal sons of God. Jesus said that they wouldn’t understand then what He was doing but that they soon would (John 16:12-14 John 16:12-14 12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you.
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There is a logical, stepwise progression to how this all comes about that’s faithfully laid out in Scripture.

Jesus, who was sinless, had to bear the penalty for all of the sins of humanity in His terrible suffering and death (John 3:16-17 John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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; Romans 5:8-10 Romans 5:8-10 8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
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; Galatians 3:13 Galatians 3:13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:
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). God the Father then had to resurrect Him to His throne, from where They through Their Spirit would transform human beings into the spiritually directed, begotten sons and daughters of God (Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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; 1 Peter 4:12-13 1 Peter 4:12-13 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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; Romans 12:1-2 Romans 12:1-2 1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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; 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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).

God’s promise of a divine life for you is seamlessly connected with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Earlier, in John 16:7 John 16:7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
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, Jesus reassured His disciples that if He didn’t go away, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t be sent to them.

In verse 13 He encouraged them with what God’s Spirit would provide: “However, when [it], the Spirit of truth, has come, [it] will guide you into all truth; for [it] will not speak on [its] own authority, but whatever [it] hears [it] will speak; and [it] will tell you things to come” (To learn the truth about the nature of Holy Spirit and how it operates, be sure to read the Bible study aid Is God a Trinity? ).

Most who profess to be Christians realize they need Jesus’ shed blood to cover their sins. But they don’t realize that there are conditions to the gift of the Holy Spirit, the down payment on divinity, and that the resurrection is the transition from physical death to divine life.

Further, they miss the vital understanding that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is essential for the resurrection of other human beings to follow. The apostle Paul, writing under divine inspiration, is adamant on this issue. If Jesus Christ was not resurrected, there could be no resurrection to immortality of others who’ve died (carefully compare 1 Corinthians 15:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:13-18 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
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and Hebrews 6:17-20 Hebrews 6:17-20 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil; 20 Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
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From dirt to divinity

Adam, the first human being, was made from ordinary dirt (Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
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). Though God created Adam and Eve exactly as He planned and said it was very good (Genesis 1:31 Genesis 1:31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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) the choices that invited Satan’s influence changed the relationship between God and man. King David viewed himself in Psalms 22:6 Psalms 22:6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
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as “a worm” and tells us in Psalms 39:5 Psalms 39:5Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
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(King James Version) that “every man at his best state is altogether vanity”—transitory, unsatisfactory and empty.

God made Adam from dirt, the first step for God making man in His image—physically (Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
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). As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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: “The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man [Jesus Christ—by whom spiritual life would come to humanity] is the Lord from heaven.

“As was the man of dust [a flesh-and blood human being], so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man [a life-giving spirit being (verse 45)], so also are those who are heavenly [that is, those who are transformed to be like Christ]. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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). Human beings are made from dirt to one day be changed to divinity!

If we know this fact of truth, we human beings will walk humbly in this life, acknowledging our physical weakness while looking to God for His strength, which comes through His Holy Spirit. This Jesus did while human: “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8 Philippians 2:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
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). God says that humility precedes honor (Proverbs 18:12 Proverbs 18:12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
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)—as this lowly and weak human life precedes our promised powerful and glorious divine life.

Conditions to divinity

It’s fairly common for those with large estates to set in place certain conditions to be met for one’s heirs to receive their inheritance. Similarly, God has promised to give human beings divine eternal life as an inheritance, but not without conditions.

Sadly, most Christians have been taught that God demands nothing of them except to verbally receive Jesus as their Savior. Some religious teachers argue that it’s presumptuous of human beings to think they can obey their way to salvation since attempting to do so usurps Christ’s unique redemptive action.

Jesus, however, taught explicitly, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17 Matthew 19:17And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
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). This does not earn salvation, but it is a condition for salvation (which requires God’s help and His forgiveness through Christ where we fall short). Jesus further said that those who keep and teach God’s laws are reckoned as great (Matthew 5:19 Matthew 5:19Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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), as they demonstrate to God that they believe His way of life is far superior to the way of this world (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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The whole history of mankind proves that human beings are unable to properly conduct themselves to secure peace and prosperity. “O Lord, I know the way of man [how he should live] is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah 10:23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.
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If human beings set conditions for their heirs to receive their inheritance, why is it thought strange that Almighty God could and would require of His people certain conditions to receive divine, eternal life?

God does indeed require certain things of His heirs, for our good, so we can receive the gift of eternal life. Let’s briefly explore five conditions God sets for us to receive His down payment on divinity.

First, God calls and we must heed

Jesus said that we cannot come to Him unless the Father calls us. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44 John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
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He repeats this truth a little later: “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father” (verse 65).

But God is generous and He does call many. Nothing happens to begin the process of our salvation until God the Father calls us. God’s calling is His prerogative, not ours. Our duty is to respond to His calling. God may be calling you right now, and you are responsible to answer His call.

Second, we must change

In stepwise progression, change comes next. The book of Hebrews refers to this part as “repentance from dead works” (Hebrews 6:1 Hebrews 6:1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
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After the apostle Peter’s convicting sermon to those gathered in Jerusalem observing the feast of Pentecost—ending with “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36 Acts 2:36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made the same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
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)—they asked him what they should do. Notice what happened:

“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call’ ” (verses 37-39).

The first step in their salvation was to repent, or change from their way of doing things, from their worldview, to God’s worldview and way of doing things. The process of salvation can go no further if

we don’t begin to repent of our past way of thinking, speaking and acting.

Repenting from our past sins must be done first, but it is also an ongoing process that we must carry through with the rest of our lifetime as we strive to leave our past life of sin and become more like Jesus Christ in every aspect of our lives.

Third, we must have faith toward God

After “repentance from dead works,” Hebrews 6:1 Hebrews 6:1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
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next lists “faith toward God.” Notice that as we turn away from dead works—our past sinful life and way of doing things—we move forward with faith toward God. Human beings become disciples of Jesus Christ as they repent of their old habits of sin while turning to honor God in believing faith.

Faith is exercised in what you know, not what you don’t know. That is to say, we are able to have faith in God—trust in Him—through coming to know Him.

And it takes God’s help to overcome our human tendency to doubt. One hope-filled man asked Jesus to heal his child. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:23-24 Mark 9:23-24 23 Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help you my unbelief.
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The book of Hebrews further shows just how vital faith is in our relationship with God: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
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Believing faith brings us to the point of asking what we should do next. Peter said that to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we should repent and be baptized.

Fourth, we must be buried in water baptism

Water baptism, then, is the next big step (Hebrews 6:2 Hebrews 6:2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
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) that leads to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, the down payment on divinity. The word baptism comes from a Greek word meaning total immersion, not merely having water sprinkled or poured on one’s head.

The meaning of water baptism becomes clear in what the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. Baptism symbolizes our old self of sin dying and being buried with Christ when He died and was buried bearing the penalty of our sins: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4 Romans 6:3-4 3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
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Baptism, which is total immersion in water, further represents the all-cleansing shed blood of Jesus Christ being applied to us to wash away our sins (see 1 John 1:7 1 John 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.
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; Hebrews 9:14 Hebrews 9:14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
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). Even the specially chosen apostle Paul was instructed to be baptized and have his sins washed away (Acts 22:16 Acts 22:16And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
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At this point, coming out of the watery grave, we are viewed by God as a new person (Romans 6:4-8 Romans 6:4-8 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
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), ready to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, the down payment on divinity.

Fifth, we must have the laying on of hands

Ministers of Jesus Christ are commissioned by Christ to lay hands on a newly baptized person. The laying on of hands shows that God gives His Spirit to those who voluntarily humble themselves and work within the order and framework God has established for His people. He puts His Holy Spirit in the mind of a now-cleansed person.

Continuing in Hebrews 6, it lists as the next step in the salvation process the “laying on of hands” (verse 2). Laying on of hands was used in the Old Testament (Genesis 48:14 Genesis 48:14And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
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; Deuteronomy 34:9 Deuteronomy 34:9And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands on him: and the children of Israel listened to him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
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), and it continues through Christ’s ministry in His Church (Acts 19:6 Acts 19:6And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
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). This action sets people apart before God.

This is the point at which God gives to His followers the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-19 Acts 8:17-19 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
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), the down payment on divinity.

God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5 Romans 5:5And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
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), and this love entails obedience to God’s commandments (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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). As we yield to God’s Spirit, we become more and more like God in our character.

Through the promises of God we experience today, particularly the power we receive as “partakers of the Holy Spirit” (Hebrews 6:4 Hebrews 6:4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
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), we may become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4 2 Peter 1:4Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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). Yet this is but a small foretaste of what is yet to come.

Down payment on divinity

God’s Word clearly shows that the gift of the Holy Spirit also figures as the down payment on divinity, or eternal life.

Paul writes of Christ in Ephesians 1: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [which] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (verses 13-14, emphasis added).

The original word in the Greek here translated “guarantee” is actually of Hebrew origin. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament explains that it means: “Earnest money, a pledge, something which stands for part of the price and paid beforehand to confirm the transaction. Used in the [New Testament] only in a figurative sense and spoken of the Holy Spirit which God has given to believers in this present life to assure them of their future and eternal inheritance” (Spiros Zodhiates, 1993, p. 257).

The New American Standard Bible translates the word as “pledge,” while the New International Version renders it “deposit.” The Holman Christian Standard Bible translates it as “down payment.”

The gift of the Holy Spirit to human beings who dedicate themselves to God and Christ is the down payment or deposit for the full reward yet to come. This refers to the divine existence and exalted status Christ will give us at His second coming.

As Paul writes in Romans 8:23 Romans 8:23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
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(New Century Version): “Not only the world, but we also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the first part of God’s promise. So we are waiting for God to finish making us his own children, which means our bodies will be made free.”

Then we will at last be raised to divinity: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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Jesus Christ leads the way to divinity

All Christians must follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. He perfectly obeyed God’s laws and, having done so, became our Savior (1 Peter 4:12-13 1 Peter 4:12-13 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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). Christ inspired Peter to confirm God’s conditions to receiving the Holy Spirit:

“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit [ which ] God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32 Acts 5:32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.
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). The Bible is clear—Christian disciples must have God’s Spirit in order to be given a divine body and existence (Ephesians 1:13-14 Ephesians 1:13-14 13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.
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; 2 Corinthians 5:5 2 Corinthians 5:5Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.
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; 1 John 3:2-3 1 John 3:2-3 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
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; Hebrews 6:4-6 Hebrews 6:4-6 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
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). If we do not have God’s Spirit in us, Paul writes, we are “not His” (Romans 8:9 Romans 8:9But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
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God allowed Jesus to suffer to enable all human beings to become divine sons of God: “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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Today, 2 billion Christians desire to live forever, but most don’t meet the godly conditions that lead to the gift of the Holy Spirit and ultimately life eternal. God’s divine secret includes a down payment on divinity—now no longer a secret to you. What will you do to claim your glorious future?