"Not many men want to die to their lower selves; it costs so much. Some prefer to have a cosmic religion, which neither puts restraint on their pride nor curbs their passions.
Apropos of that, some few years ago, on the radio, I was talking about such a cosmic religion, observing, 'Man can never love the cosmos because the cosmos is too big and too bulky. No man can ever love anything he cannot get his arm around. That is why God became a man, in order that He might be loved by us.'
After the broadcast, I really and truly received a telephone call from a woman who in wrath and exasperation chided me, saying, 'Do you mean to tell me that I cannot love anyone unless I can get my arms around him?'
I said, 'Madam, that is not my problem; that is yours.'
Suppose man does say, 'I am willing to die to that which is evil in me in order to be incorporated into Divinity.' He is then elevated above human nature and into that order we call supernatural, because it is super, over and above, the natural. If I had a bottle here on the desk, and that bottle suddenly turned into four roses (do not get me wrong on this), this would be something that does not belong to the nature or power or capacities of a bottle, namely, to bloom.
If a rose suddenly spoke, 'I think I will go to California for the winter, or to Florida...', that would be an act that certainly does not belong to the nature or powers of a rose. If a dog should suddenly walk across the stage and begin to quote Shakespeare, that would be a very 'supernatural' act for a dog.
Now, if man by nature, who is only a creature, becomes a child of God, begins to hare the Divine Nature, such a gift does not belong to his nature any more than blooming belongs to a stone or speech belongs to a dog. It would be something so far beyond him that when he received it he would wonder that he ever deserved it. It would be so undeserved we should call it 'gratis', or free, or 'grace.'
There is a world of difference between being a creature of God and a child of God. We are made creatures of God; we become children of God by being reborn or begotten of Him. We are creatures because we are made by God. We make something that is unlike us, for example, a man makes a table. We beget something that is like us, for example, a father begets a child. When we receive this higher life inside us, we are not just creatures made by God, we become or are begotten something else. We are begotten as children of God, made partakers of His Divine Nature and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven."