Day Two: Theosis 101 (Foundations of Joy)

John 14:20
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

“…the doctrine of theosis is the notion that somehow human beings become partakers of the divine nature by means of union with Christ via the power of the Holy Spirit… theosis does not mean losing one’s individuality in the divine. Nor does it mean becoming divine as God is divine. Instead, it is about participation in the divine life and about union with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. I presume that this participation is an ongoing thing that will continue into the eschaton.” [Oliver Crisp, Analyzing Doctrine Towards a System of Systematic Theology, 209, 213]

Through the Holy Spirit we are now “partakers of the divine nature” and a “participant in the divine life.” The implications are staggering. That means we live in the same divine joy that has existed within the Godhead since eternity. The divine joy that belongs to the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit is now ours in Christ! This is true joy, the kind that lasts. We can build our life upon this joy.

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, I thank you that I am a participant in your divine joy. The joy of this world is fleeting and flimsy. But you have given me true, strong, lasting joy that is only found in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “The Same Jesus” by Matt Redman (click here).

— ES