I AM & You are too!
Divine taking on human nature Human partaking of God’s nature
In my kitchen window I have an avocado pit suspended by toothpicks in a glass of water. I love avocados so much that I want them to reproduce until I am surrounded by avocados. I am not worried that brussel sprouts will grow instead because I recognize the seed/pit comes from an avocado. In fact I personally took the pit/seed out of the avocado and put it in a fertile environment with the intention of watching it grow and reproduce. I know the origin or the source, so I know what to expect will grow.
The continuous reproducing life of any living thing exists within it in seed form, whether human, plant or animal or God. When my seed took root so to speak it did not produce an avocado or brussel sprout, but a miniature version of me, a human being grew and formed. My son Justin is hairy like me and funny like me and smart like me. He has a similar body structure, giftings, proclivities. smile and even mannerisms.
God’s seed is in you, so what does that make you? It makes you like him, in a sense it makes you, Divine!- I assure you this is not some new thought from the new age movement. The concept is as old as Christianity, although many who promote new age or new thought understand this so much better than the institutional church and theologians.
Early church Fathers like Clement of Alexandria said it this way, “ Word of God became man, so we may learn how men become God”. See also Irenaeus, Origin, and Athanasius.
*Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God (Jesus – in the beginning was the word…John 1)), which liveth and abideth for ever. I Peter 1:23
*For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus…. And if you are Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise. Gal. 3:26-29.
*Since we are children we are heirs of God and Joint heirs (sons) with Christ -Rom. 8:17
*We are partakers of his divine nature according to Peter in 2 Peter 2:1-4, his Spirit, his seed is in us.
*We have this treasure ( the divine nature) in earthen vessels – 2 Cor. 5
* As HE IS (YHWH) So are we (I AM) in this world- I john 4:17
*God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature… God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female. ( Gen. 1:26-28 msg)
We are children of God because we are born of God’s seed, we cannot lose the characteristics of that seed anymore than we can lose the characteristics of the seed of our earthly father. God is our Father,
The most distinguishing facet of Jesus’ ministry was his continual emphasis of God as father, not just his (Jesus’) Father, but Our Father. John 20:17 ( Our Father who art in heaven.. Mathew 6:9.) It was his life’s purpose to point us all back to our Father, our Source, our origin.
Just as you have all the potential that is part of your earthly father’s seed, whether it be height, strength, intellect, blue eyes — you have all the potential that God gave in His new birth spirit in His seed. We have eternal life, we are heirs (sons and daughters) of God, – If God is love, then you are love.
John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM” ( Burning bush Ex. 3:14)
John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him- Religion will always attack union and sonship. Today the religionists may allow for Divinity in Jesus, but how dare you, who are one with Jesus, assume divinity- even though you are the son/daughter of God!
John 10:34- Jesus said why would you stone me?” And they said “it is because you blasphemed. You are a man and you claimed to be God” ( claiming to be God’s son= claiming to be God) and Jesus responds in his words “is it not written in your laws that I have said “You are Gods. All of you.”-ps 86
* Jesus is clearly aligning himself with and as God in alluding to the I AM statements of Isa 40-55 which declare YHWH’s nature and personalizing them as his own in the book of John)
* By declaring that humanity is one with him (Jesus) who is one with the Father, not only is Jesus the I AM, but YOU ARE TOO !- You have the co-creative power of intention available to you, the ability to declare I AM. You are of the same nature as he who revealed himself as the I AM.
*In Jn.10:30 Jesus claimed “I and my Father are one.” In John 17:20-25 his prayer, his intention by his sacrifice is that we (humanity) would be one with him (Jesus) just as he is with the Father- logic then dictates if you are one with God, in some way you manifest divinity.
*In each instance of Jesus declaring the divine attribute of the I AM identity, he is appropriating it for you and me too. As he is so are we in this world I John 4:17, Strength, light, love, forgiveness, healing blessing, authority, creative, righteous and more.
John 6: 35, 48 I am the bread of life
John 8: 12, 9:5 I am the light of the world
John 8:23-24:/13:19 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above- Isa 43:10
John 8:28 When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he,
John 8: 58 Before Abraham was, I am
John 10:36″I am the Son of God.”
John 10:9 I am the door
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd
John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
John 13:19 I tell you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life
John 15:1 I am the true vine
John 18:6 When therefore he said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground
john 19:2 “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”
Acts 9:5: And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting
By no means is this exhaustive,but here are some more I AM’s that you are:
You are complete in him Col. 2:10
alive with Christ Eph. 2:5
Born of God I john 5;18
Holy- without blame Eph. 1:4
God’s masterpiece Eph. 2:10
A spirit being Rom. 6:11
A royal priest I pet. 2:9
temple of Holy Spirit I cor 6:19
Greatly loved Rom. 1:7
For a thorough treatment of the doctrine of Theosis or deification of humanity, our oneness with God see:
Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions by Michael J. Christensen and Jeffery A. Wittung (Feb 1, 2008)