The Incarnation of God: The Cause of Man’s Theosis
The Church Fathers say that God became man in order to make man a god. If God had not taken flesh, man would not be able to achieve Theosis. In the years before Christ, many wise and virtuous people had appeared. For example, the ancient Greeks had reached quite high standards of philosophy about the good and about God. Their philosophy, in fact, contained seeds of the truth, the so-called “spermaticos logos.”
This is the purpose of the incarnation of God. If the purpose of man’s life was simply to become morally better, there would be no need for Christ to come into the world, or for all these events of divine Providence to happen; for the incarnation of God; the cross, the death and resurrection of the Lord, and all that we Christians believe to have happened through Christ.
From the preface:
When Jesus said, “You are gods,be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect,” or “the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father,” this is to be taken literally. Theosis is the Pearl of Great Price alluded to by Christ. It can become a present reality for those who are willing to tread the path, and so it is not exclusively an after-death experience. With Theosis death is transcended. St. Paul alludes to this when he says, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Again, while being stoned to death, St. Stephen the first martyr offered himself up to Christ and prayed to God for his persecutors to be forgiven. The Easter chant, “Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and bestowing life to those in the tombs” also bears witness to this. Christianity is victory over death. So may this small book help us all to strive for that one thing needful, that One thing which cannot be taken from us.