By: Dr. Abiodun Jemilohun
ARE BELIEVERS CHRISTS? (part 1)
My thought on the doctrine of man’s deification.
The doctrine of deification of man is not new. It originated from Lucifer who is the father of all lies. How can man become Christ? It seems to me that many of the espousers of this doctrine don’t even know the meaning of the word Christ? How can the saved become the Savior? This makes no scriptural sense.
One of the scriptures those who believe they are christs often reference is an excerpt from 1John 4:17- “as he is, so are we in this world.”
The reality, however, is that the scripture in question has been taken out of context to say what the writer never intended in a bid to establish their hifalutin “revelation”.
A closer examination of 1John 4 from verses 15 to18 easily gives the intent of the writer out.
That we have been perfected by the love of God through Christ and we need not be afraid of the day of Judgement like those who don’t know Christ.
“15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
17 In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” (1John 4:15-18)
Our becoming like Christ in this world implies that we have been made righteous like Christ through faith. That is, we have been perfected through faith in Christ. This provision was made available by the love of God through Christ’s death and resurrection.
Therefore, we have no need to be afraid or panicky because of the day of judgment. This is the context in which John the beloved wrote. That scripture has nothing to do with the deification of believers like some are now teaching.
Let the reader be guided.