The deification of man

“Deified man is not joined with God as a divine hypostasis, for such a union took place once only, for all time, in the person of Christ. Deified man is united with Him only in grace and energy; yet, inasmuch as this grace and energy are the natural radiance of the divine nature, we may say that through them God’s nature is participable by man, even though in itself it is not participable” (Mantzaridis, G. I. [1984]. The deification of man, p. 109).

“He who achieves deification . . . is on the one hand unoriginate, eternal, and heavenly . . . on account of the uncreated grace that eternally derives from the eternal God; he is on the other a new creation and a new man and things similar to these, on account of himself and his own nature” (Palamas, ibid., p. 112).

“Thus a new bond is formed between God and man: God becomes not just man’s Creator but his Father, making him share in His own imperishability” (ibid.).

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