When you throw a nail into the fire, it gets hot and starts to glow like fire. In the same way you, when you listen to divine teachings and live accordingly, you will become like God – Saint Silouan the Athonite. 1)Bailey, Father Spyridon. The Ancient Path (Kindle Locations 1921-1922). FeedARead. Kindle Edition.
Theosis is striving to grow in our relationship with God. We are filled with the Holy Spirit and as we turn more and more of our life over to God we are being changed into His likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Our life in God is more than staying out of Hell. God loved this world so much the Jesus died to redeem it to Himself, to clean the stain of sin man had brought into the world. I think the least we can do is try a little to give back by becoming like Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Theosis means we will be changed
We aren’t changed by what we do but through spending time with God. (Romans 12) Which means we have to do something to put ourselves in Gods presence, but it’s God who does the changing not us. No matter what you call it;
Becoming one with Christ.
Becoming interwoven with God.
Transforming into the likeness of God.
None of these actually do theosis justice as a definition, but all describe what theosis is. We are to be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. (Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18) This is not what many people believe, or many churches teach about our lives as Christians. We go to church, we go to bible study, and nothing happens. Instead of being transformed into the image of Christ, we transform what we believe into a made up version of Christianity we all just survive not thrive and grow as Christians.
Being good people is not enough. If you have been a Christian over a month you know most of us aren’t good people. We put on a face so that you think I am good, but we all know we just try to fake each other out. Theosis is how we get beyond the fake and start to see the real.
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|1.||↑||Bailey, Father Spyridon. The Ancient Path (Kindle Locations 1921-1922). FeedARead. Kindle Edition.|