The true meaning of deification

Deification or “the divinization of the Christian is not an identification with God; it is only an assimilation, a very eminent restoration of the original divine likeness . . . The Christian participates by grace in the perfections that God possesses by nature . . . [Hence] due to the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in the righteous, the Spirit transforms the soul to the image of the Logos, the natural Son of God, thus making the Christian an adoptive child of God . . . Affecting, it seems the very essence of the soul, this mysterious conformation is not of a more nature only but of a physical nature; it is a veritable partaking of the divine nature and of the divine life” (Gross, J. 1938/2002. The divinization of the Christian according to the Greek Fathers, p. 272).