We may have the will, but not the way if we insist on our own will |
"There is something higher than man in this universe, namely, God. But if man is ever to be elevated to partnership with the Divine, God must come down to man. But there is a difference between man going down to lower creation and God coming to man. These things have no personality, no freedom, no liberties, and no rights; only persons have rights. Animals need never consult the plants; plants need never consult the chemicals. They merely use violence and confiscate without consultation. But no one can ever lay hold of man without exercising or abusing man's freedom. Even God will not do that.
He will not come into the order of humanity without first asking man if he freely will receive Him. God sent an angel to consult a Woman as the representative of humanity. The question was, 'Will you freely give Me a human nature?' God did come down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ through the free act of a Woman. He willed to lift man to Himself, as man was lifting chemicals, plants, and animals to himself. But He would not constrain man to do so. Assimilation with His Divine Nature would have to be done only through man's free act, just as the Woman's act was free. God forces Himself on no one; He breaks down no doors.
A condition, however, of man uniting himself with God's Nature was that man 'die to himself' as the salt 'dies' to its nature entering into the life of man. Man would have to die to the evil which is in him. Just as the chaff is separated from the wheat, so he must separate evil from himself. Such obstacles as pride, covetousnes, lust, anger, envy, gluttony, and sloth - which spoil this ascent of man back again to God - would have to be eliminated. Then as the soul is the life of the body, God would become the life of the soul. His Gospel was 'Unless you die to yourselves, you cannot live in My Kingdom.'