“In Christ, God became human so that humanity might become God,” writes Athanasius , a 4th century defender of true Christian faith. This is a strange idea to Western Christians, but it does fall within the boundaries of the gospel. After all, it was Jesus who said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Jesus means that human flesh is born again in the divine Spirit. In the beginning God said, “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness.” This same God image in humanity was not lost or even damaged. But because humanity was separated from God for a time, that God image faded and we have neglected God’s indwelling.
Humanity is mortal and the body will die. But through God’s love and power, Christ overcomes the substance of human mortality so that humanity might become divine in him.
If Christ dwells within you, then why not let him overwhelm you in contemplation on God. Let Christ renew your divine image.
TAGS: Spiritual Formation, Reflecting Christ, Contemplative Prayer
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