From the first lie the Devil told to Eve until the very last book of the Bible, man has expressed the desire to be like God. So many people today dismiss the authority of God over their lives and declared themselves to be their own god. Yet, some people believe that we are all children of God and we will go to heaven and there forever stare at the face of God and play the harp.
Can we really and exactly know the truth? Does the Bible reveal the ultimate destiny of the human race? Can we become God?
“Ye are gods”
Jesus – our ultimate authority and source of truth – said, “You are gods” (John 10:34). When you read John 10:34, Jesus was saying, in effect, that if the scripture calls human beings as gods, then you should not be angry and frustrated when all I had just said is I am the Son of God.
There’s no doubt about this scripture. Jesus quoted a passage from Psalms 82:6 where the Hebrew word for “gods” is Elohim which literally the same word used to denote God. In the New Testament, the word “gods” used the Greek word Theos which again means “gods”.
God reproducing Himself through mankind
Why did God created human beings? The reason is that He wants to expand His family. This is the reason the Hebrew word for God is Elohim, a word that has a plural form, yet singular in usage. One good example of this is the United States; though there are many states that form this country, it uses a singular verb.
Thus, we can read in Genesis 1:26, “Let US make man in our image, after OUR likeness”. God is, therefore, a family that is comprised of two Eternal Beings, God the Father and the Word (which later became Jesus Christ, John 1:1-3).
Genesis 1:26 shows that man was made according to the God-kind. Like a dog reproducing a dog, a cat reproducing a cat, and so on and so forth, Mankind is made after the image and likeness of God.
Psalms 82:6 says, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” This verse equates being gods as the children of God.
Gods in the future
Though we are created by God and we are His children, there is no doubt that we are not “gods” yet in its fullest sense. God is spirit and we are physical. We need to be born into His family before we can fully enjoy the blessings of being literal “gods”.
Notice how this dramatic change will happen mentioned in I Corinthians 15:52-54:
In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
Finally, the apostle John made this even clearer:
“Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be LIKE Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
The scripture reveals that humans cannot see God and live (Exodus 33:20; John 1:18). Thus, we shall only see God, as the apostle John said, when we finally have become immortals and spirit beings who can now withstand the full glory of God.
Jesus quoted the book of Psalms and mentioned that “You are gods”. When Jesus Christ comes in His full glory, we will be LIKE Him – like a God. Man cannot see God and live. Thus, in order for us to see Him, we need to already be immortals (the same concept that Paul talks about) like God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Can man become God?
ABSOLUTELY! The answer to our question should now be clear. Yes, man CAN become God and this can only happen through the grace of God. It is not by our own strength that we can be part of the Holy and Divine Family. However, God still expects that we willingly follow His commandments. The awesome privilege of becoming a literal god shall not be given to just anyone, but only to those whom He have tested. Though we may not be gods today, we have the incredible and full potential to be like God. So let’s all strive hard to be part of God’s Family.
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