Can you really become like God? I say you can! Before you withdraw your Like and leave a comment you think will straighten me out, hear me out. The Bible itself says you can become like God.
Now wait a minute! Isn’t it the devil, God’s adversary — the father of lies — who said man could become like God if he only ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Let’s see what the devil said to Eve.
Genesis 3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Well, that wraps it up right there! The devil says you “shall be as gods” if you just do what he says. Hmmm… That’s quite a proposition but NO THANKS! I don’t want anything from the devil. But was the devil offering something that God would offer himself anyway? Let’s find out.
II Peter 1:4 By which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Did you see that? God has given u “exceeding great and precious promises” by which we can “be partakers of the divine nature.”
You Can Be a Partaker of the God’s Own Nature
Now that’s quite a promise. But what does it mean? Does it mean that man can become a god himself?
When God originally made mankind, his created them in his own image.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Man was created “in the image of God.” That’s being a partaker of God’s own nature, the divine nature. The word “image” means “likeness” so what can that mean in this context? God is invisible.
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
I Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
There are 15 additional verses that state that God is invisible and thus unseen. So Genesis 1:26 can’t be talking about a physical image with a head, neck, body, arms and legs. No, no, no. It’s talking about a different kind of “likeness.” The image of God isn’t a picture image, it’s something more. It’s something that makes man “like” God, What is it?
John 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
There you have it. God is Spirit, or as some translations say, God is a Spirit. It’s the spirit of God that makes man “like” God. Nothing else can even approach making five-senses man like God.
The new-age movement claims you can become a god yourself by working on your flesh and mind. According to God’s Word, that will never happen. You can’t perfect flesh into spirit. Spirit is an entirely different realm. The invisible spirit world which you can’t see is just as real as the physical world you walk through. But spirit is spirit and flesh is flesh. God is spirit and his promise to those who believe will partake of his divine nature, which is spirit.
When you confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9), God promises you “shall be saved.” The word “saved” means “made whole.” How does that happen? God gives you his gift of holy spirit — his own nature — and that is what makes you whole. This is called being “born again” which literally means “born from above.” Birth requires seed and that’s exactly what God infuses your inner being with — seed. Pure, incorruptible (which means it can’t ever be corrupted) seed.
I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.
Yes my friend, you don’t have to subscribe to new age beliefs that will never come to pass. You’ll never become like God through purifying your flesh and mind. You have a “missing part” that prevents that from happening. That missing part is “spirit.” God’s holy spirit can be placed inside of you in the form of spiritual seed. It’s a spiritual birth and it’s yours for simply believing the following.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Jesus said nobody could enter the kingdom of God without first being born again. Do you believe God raised Jesus from the dead after he was crucified and buried, dead, for 3 days and 3 nights? Do you believe God made Jesus Lord over all?
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
The offer to be a partaker of God’s divine nature is available at this time to anyone who confesses Jesus is Lord and believes God raised him from the dead. Forget the new age movement; their promises are empty and unjustifiable. God’s promises are sure and will indeed come to pass.
Don’t let the devil offer you something he can’t deliver. He offered something to mankind that only God can give and he said man could only get it by disobeying God. That’s the exact opposite of God’s way. Come God’s way and believe the truth.
I’m not implying you can become a god or be God himself. Being a partaker of the divine nature makes you what God wants you to be — endued with his nature and his power. He wants “sons of God” (men and women included) in his family. The divine nature makes you just “like” God and that’s how he intended man to be — created in his image.
You can become a partaker of God’s divine nature. Just believe and learn to walk as Jesus walked.