Am I a god?
The question was asked- "if we can do all things through God, can we do all the things God can do?"
Consider the following verses:
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength"
Both of these verses seem to indicate that we live here without any limitation to what we can do.
As we look at the "kind of language" used in each of these statements and then look at the context we can see they are actually a "hyperbole" or exaggeration.
In context, Philippians 4 further reads:
"I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
What we see here is the use of language- "all the things we go through" in life are things we can endure because God is there with us giving us strength. It doesn't say we are capable of doing all the things God can do, it is a declaration of faith to encourage the readers. We are able to do the things we have to do in our lives because God gives us the strength to do them
Theoretically, God can do what he wants through whomever he wants...that is part of what makes him God. And, to stretch this further, God can do all things he chooses to do through us. The difference here is "we can't do these things in and of ourselves". We are human.
One of the dangers of this line of logic is the assumption that if we, having God in us, can do what God can do...doesn't that make us gods too? This of course is a leap of logic. the "little god" theory goes like this-
If dogs have puppies and cats have kittens wouldn't God have little gods?
We are sons and daughters of God in our spirit if we name the name of Christ. We are sons and daughters of our parents in our flesh- although we are created in God's image. But an image is not the actual...any more than your reflection in the mirror is you. It is only a reflection of who you are.
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Someday it will be revealed what we really are in Christ. For now, here on earth, we are vessels for his purpose:
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe."
The better question would be how do I live for God?
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
This was the attitude of Jesus- as we follow him, this is our goal too!
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
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