“God became man so that man might become god.” -St. Athanasius

What are some of the ramifications of God becoming human?

When The Son became human and shared in our life, He shared His Life with us -the life of God. Sanctifying humankind by His incarnation, passion, resurrection, and ascension, Christ then sends the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life. We begin our prayers by calling on the Holy Spirit and stating He is “everywhere present and fillest all things.” If we were always conscious of this belief, what changes would be wrought in our lives?

We experience God in His Energies, not only in the spiritual realm, but in the material world. In the Church’s mysteries or sacraments (from the root word Sacred), such as the Eucharist or Baptism, we experience Grace in and through material means (oil, water, bread and wine). Following this same model, we venerate relics and take pilgrimages. We kiss icons and venerate the saints. As St. Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938) said “The Lord so loved man that He gave the Holy Spirit, and in the Holy Spirit man became like unto God. Those who do not believe this, and do not pray to the Saints, have not learned how deeply the Lord loves man and how He has exalted him.”

Through the Incarnation and the descent of the Holy Spirit we become partakers in the Life of God here in this world – in this body . “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.

Let us remember Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”

– שְׁמוּאֵל

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