From The Image of God to the Likeness of God

By: Brian Robertson

My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.  —St. John, I John 3:2

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. . . —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Jesus answered: Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? So the Law uses the word gods of those to whom the word of God was addressed, and scripture cannot be rejected. —Jesus, John 10:34-35

And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all. —St. Paul, I Cor. 15:28

Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it. —St. Paul, I Cor.12.27

But to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to all who believe in the name of him who was born not out of human stock or urge of the flesh or will of man but of God himself. — John, 1:12-13

You should pray like this: Our Father. . . —Jesus, Matt. 6:9

God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. —Genesis 1:27

. . . the Spirit and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.” —St. Paul, Rom. 8:15-17

The Bride is only for the Bridegroom. —John the Baptist, John 3:29

. . . the two will become one body. . . This mystery applies to Christ and the Church. — St. Paul, Eph. 5:31-32

They (those who love him) are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. —St. Paul Rom. 8:29

God became man, so that man might become God. —Early Christian Proverb

I am the vine, you are the branches. —Jesus, John 15:5a

For the Son of God became man, that we might become God. —St. Athanasius, De inc.

God said to this hairless monkey, “get on with it, become a god.” —C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit. —St. Paul, 2 Cor. 3:17-18

I am the light of the world. —Jesus, John 8:12 You are the light of the world. —Jesus, Matt. 5:14

…if God has made you son, then he has made you heir. —St. Paul, Gal. 4:7

The center of the soul is God. —St. John of the Cross, The Living Flame of Love

The Kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is, ‘ because the kingdom of God is within you.—Jesus, Luke 17:20b-21, NIV

He has called men gods that are deified of His Grace, not born of His Substance. —St. Augustine

For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the Spirit like God. —I Peter 4:6 RSV

Know that I am with you always, yes, even to the end of time. —Jesus, Matt. 28:20

“the Word became flesh 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” —St. Irenaeus, Adv Haer III 19,1

I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works. —Jesus, John 14:12

Souls wherein the Spirit dwells, illuminated by the Spirit, themselves become spiritual, and send forth their grace to others. Hence comes . . . abiding in God, the being made like to God, and, highest of all, the being made God. —St. Basil the Great, On the Spirit.

Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.—St. Paul, I Cor. 13:12

You, therefore, must be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.—Jesus, Matt. 5:48

Christ has no hands but yours. —St. Teresa of Ávila

The glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. —St. Paul, Col. 1:27

(God) said that we were “gods” and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him-for we can prevent Him if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 174-5

The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons… From the beginning until now, the entire creation has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. —St. Paul, Rom. 8:19, 22-23

let us become the image of the one whole God, bearing nothing earthly in ourselves, so that we may consort with God and become gods, receiving from God our existence as gods     —St. Maximus the Confessor

May they all be one, Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me, and I am in you, so that the world may believe that it was you who sent me. I have given them the glory which you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me, and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. —Jesus, John 17:21-23

Let us applaud and give thanks that we have become not only Christians but Christ himself. Do you understand, my brothers, the grace that God our head has given us? Be filled with wonder and joy—we have become veritable Christs! —St. Augustine of Hippo

He has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God himself… through them you will be able to share the divine nature. — II Peter 1:3-4a

The Only-begotten Son of God, wanting us to be partakers of his divinity, assumed our human nature so that, having become man, he might make men gods. —St. Thomas Aquinas

In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. —St. Paul, Ephesians 4:13

… when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day.—2 Thess. 1:10a, KJV

Souls wherein the Spirit dwells, illuminated by the Spirit, themselves become spiritual, and send forth their grace to others. Hence comes . . . abiding in God, the being made like to God, and, highest of all, the being made God.—St. Basil the Great, On the Spirit.

“the highest of all things desired is to become God.” —St Basil the Great

… the fully-trained disciple will always be like his teacher. —Jesus, Luke 6:40

Morality is indispensable: but the Divine Life, which gives itself to us and which calls us to be gods, intends for us something in which morality will be swallowed up. We are to be remade. . . . we shall find underneath it all a thing we have never yet imagined: a real man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy. —C. S. Lewis, The Grand Miracle, p. 85.