Your nature decides your limits. Your makeup determines what you can and can’t do. Your nature sets the boundaries of your potential. So Jesus through His death on the Cross changed your nature so He could change your capabilities. Jesus gave you a divine nature so He could transform your potential.
Your nature also decides what you can and can’t learn. The wisest rabbit can never learn to fly an aircraft. The rabbit by virtue of his design has certain limits imposed on it. Though it can do some other things well, it will be absurd to expect it to learn how to fly an aircraft. Teach it a million times, that is if you can, it’s still not going to make a single difference. A human being, on the other hand, who is of a different nature, and thus has different capabilities, can be taught to fly an airplane.
When Jesus changed your nature, He changed what you can learn. He changed your old nature and gave you the nature of God, so you can learn to be like God.
Thus, Apostle Paul writing to the Ephesian Church says:
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”
Clearly, you can only imitate God if you are of the same nature, and thus possess the same capabilities. The Scriptures would never ask you to imitate God – that is, duplicate His results – except you have His nature and His wisdom. Through Jesus’ atoning work on the Cross, you received the nature of God, and consequently, the capacity and mandate to imitate God.
The book of Hebrews says:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
You can look unto Jesus and learn from Jesus, and imitate Him, because you are already like Him; you have already received God’s gift of a divine nature.