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There are versions of religion and varieties of Christianity in which one attempts to suppress one’s humanity in an effort to be Godly - based on the implied assumption that Godliness is to be found in abandoning pleasures and expressions of humanity. These tendencies have been seen in both catholic and protestant puritanism. It’s based in the illusion that enjoying the world is sin when it is really the case that living in the world in separation to Christ is sin.


This sort of dualism is blind to the fact that Jesus came among us in the flesh of a human being to reveal us as we could be and to reveal Father as He is. Christ come in the flesh, is the living way in which we are one with Him and by which we impart His spirit and life to the things we make and the institutions we build.

By the incarnation, Christ becomes our life and we are imbued with the Spirit of God and we actually participate in the communion that is God. “
Torrance asserts in unequivocal terms that human beings remain human beings, even in theosis, and it is in the resurrection of the man Jesus Christ, the man in whom our nature is assumed and healed, that redemption is achieved and set forth. ‘It is thus the resurrection of our human nature in Christ into communion with the life of God that is the end and goal of atonement.” In Torrance’s words, “Resurrection as redemption means the restoration of man in all the fullness of his humanity, for it is redemption out of corruption and the lapse toward annihilation into the new being and new life of the new creation”. (1)


Thus, Christ is seen to be our justification and our sanctification in Himself. Sure, we may make some progress in holiness, but this has more to do with perceiving the completeness of His life for us and learning of the simplicity of the incarnation and our need to live in the flesh from this spiritual reality rather than attempt to live from our own flesh and our own pragmatism.

  1. (1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P 128.