For centuries, gold has long been a precious and highly sought after element. Its qualities are in its colour, resistance, density, and texture. However, in the Bible, gold has an even more wonderful significance. Gold signifies the divine nature of God.
The nature of God is found in the life of God. Only the life of God is real and genuine. Just as a gilded object has the outward appearance of gold but lacks the reality of the content, so the other kinds of life in the universe cannot be compared to the real life (1 Timothy 6:19). They are mortal and changeable. They are not eternal, nor are they divine.
Only the life of God is divine and eternal, immortal and unchangeable, impossible to be held by death, indestructible and indissoluble (Acts 2:24; Hebrews 7:16). No matter what kind of blow or destruction it undergoes, God’s divine life, like gold, remains unchanged and stays forever the same (1 Peter 1:4).
The New Testament uses the Greek word zoe to refer to the divine life (John 1:4; 1 John 1:2, 5:12). The way to get this zoe life, this “gold”, is for human beings to be born of God. The Bible calls this regeneration (1 Peter 1:3). Regeneration causes us to be born of the divine life with the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) making us genuine sons of God.
To receive the life of God, you simply need to pray:
“Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me.
I confess that I have hoped in many things other than You.
Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins and come into me.
Fill me with the life that is really life.
When we receive the life and nature of God, all of its wonderful and precious qualities become ours. Then in our Christian life as sons of God, we learn day by day to live and walk according to the divine life in us (Revelation 21:21; 22:1). This is much more than outward good behaviour or self-improvement. This is the way to gain the real gold.