God Became Human So that Humans Might Become Gods

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

St Paul’s words that Christ who as God possesses all the riches of divinity chose poverty (chose to become human) in order to enrich us humans by deification with that divinity, sharing the divine life with us.  This becomes the basis for the Patristic writers who echoed Paul’s thought in their words that God became human so that we humans might become god.  For example, St Gregory of Nazianzus wrote:

“And since, then, God is made man,

Thereby Man is perfected as God, and that is my glory.”   (SEEING THE GLORY, p 260)

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Biblical scholar Morna Hooker comments:

“If Christ became what we are when he took the form of a slave and was found in the likeness and fashion of a man, we share what he is by virtue of his exaltation. . . . Christ shares our humiliation, but if we are to share his glory, then we must share his humiliation.  This refers not simply to the symbolic rite of baptism, but to the Christian’s attitude to life, and to the attitude governing the whole Christian community.  However paradoxical it may sound, we are to become like Christ in his self-emptying—which for him meant becoming like us: hence we have Paul’s appeal to have the mind which is found in Christ Jesus.” (FROM ADAM TO CHRIST, p 36)

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:5-11)

To be God means to be willing to love to the point of dying for humanity.  We love to think about the omnipotent God wielding unlimited power.  It is true, except that God reveals His omnipotence in the unlimited power of love and self-sacrifice.  That is the all-powerfulness of God.  Which of us wishes to possess such power?   The way to divine omnipotence is to deny your self and take up the cross and follow Christ.