Sunday Morning Sermon Series: “The Word of Salvation” part 4
The Glorified Word
What is the promise of the beatific vision? What does it mean that we will see God? What is theosis or deification? Who believes in it? Will we partake of divinity? Mormons teach that as God is now, man will be; and as man is now, God once was. John taught that the Word (Son of God) is eternal and the Creator of all things. He later wrote that the redeemed will “be like Him, because we will see Him as He is” (1 Jn. 3:2). Peter wrote that saints will “become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4). These questions, beliefs, and passages presented above must be considered. If God has an objective in all He is doing in history and Christ is at the center, we must explore the Word for what God is doing through Christ. Scripture spells it out e.g. Ro. 8:28-29. However, it is our privilege to search (Prov. 25:2) the scriptures to find out why. In the Bible, Messiah is promised, presented, preached, explained, and experienced to the extent that we become one with Him (Jn. 14:20; Col. 3:3-4). Something mysterious, awesome, and utterly transforming must happen for such to occur. Therefore, the Word is not only the revelation and the redemption, but also the glory and goal.