Originally posted by RBHILL
460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature":"For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God." "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God." "The only-begotten Son of God, wa ...[text shortened]... make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."
It is really in the Resurrection rather than the Incarnation were the process of the believer's deification begins.
Yes, the Word became flesh in incarnation to accomplish redemption. But the deified man came to birth His resurrection. This is why His resurrection designates Him as the Firstborn Son
. The FIRST BORN of those deified human beings. The FIRST BORN of many other deified human beings made God collectively, corporately through His resurrection. That is their end - a corporate expression of deified humanity - a collective living Body to contain God.
Here is a passage showing that we are regenerated by the resurrection of Christ -
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." ( 1 Peter 1:3)
When does the process of the believer's deification begin ?
It really commences not with Christ's incarnation but with Christ's resurrection.
" ... regenerated unto a living hope through the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Though Christ is called "the Firstborn of all creation" (Col. 1:15)
it is in resurrection as the "Firstborn from the dead" (Col. 1:18)
that He is "the Head of the Body, the church; He is THE BEGINNING."
In Resurrection, Christ is "THE BEGINNING"
In Resurrection, Christ regenerated the believers.
In Resurrection, Christ is "the beginning of the
[new] creation of God" (Rev. 3:14)
The point of this post is to emphasize that ' for the Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature"
really commences in His resurrection
As far as we the Christian's deification process is concerned, this begins at our regeneration stemming from "the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
We can be born anew because of His resurrection. And being born anew, born again, regenerated, we become "partakers of the divine nature."