GODS AND MEN


I said: You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High. Nevertheless you will die like men and fall like any one of the princes." (Ps 81/82: 6-7)

Are we all called “gods” in this Psalm? When Christ quotes this passage, “You are gods,” He explains that here “He called them gods, to whom the word of God came” (Jn 10: 35). So – yes. All of us, to whom the word of God “came,” are called “gods,” because through His “coming” we are given to participate in His divinity. He alone is divine by essence, while we are participants in divinity. We still “die like men and fall like any one of the princes.”

The word of God “came” to human beings already at creation, in the creative, life-giving “fiat” of the Creator, Who willed us to be formed in His image and likeness (Gen 1: 26-27). But our “God-likeness” was given to grow and deepen with God’s every revelation of Himself; most particularly when the Word “came” to us in the flesh, when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1: 14). And now, after the Incarnation, He shares our human nature, our humanness, and we share in His, becoming one of His, most intimately, in His Body, in which the divine energies of the Holy Spirit pour out abundantly on us: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power (ἐξουσίαν) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (Jn 1: 12).

So today I carry with me this humbling truth, that we are “gods, and all of us sons of the Most High,” in Christ. In practical terms this truth makes me take pause, and approach myself and other human beings with due honor, as those with “the power to become children of God,” when we “believe in His name.” Let me walk, talk, think, and act with this truth in mind, and His name in my heart.

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