“He is God, big G and we are gods, little g.” Do you really believe the Word of God is calling us gods? Wow! You may be shocked when you finish reading this post! Because it will reveal a common, but dangerous Satan-spawned error taught in today's Church.
I Will Be Like the Most High!
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:14
This verse is said to be Satan's decree or confession to Godhood, his spoken desire. He wants to be like God. Too bad Satan never said it! For more on this, see my post entitled, “Is Lucifer the Devil?”. But this is man's desire. In fact, it was man's desire from the very beginning.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:5-6
Now here we are listening to men tell us that “we are gods”. Where did this teaching come from? And how biblical is it?
David said “Ye are gods”
There are three verses in scripture where we find the phrase mentioned above. Here is the first one…
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalms 82:6
Who said this? It is a psalm, possibly given to Asaph (a prophet and/or one of David's musicians). If this verse is to say men are gods, why say this next?
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalms 82:7
This is because the verse is meant to be a chastisement and warning to those who compromise with the enemies of God and allow the oppression of His people. They think themselves god-like, above others, and have a need to be reminded that we are all children of the Most High! No one is better or greater than another.
Isaiah said “Ye are gods”
Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Isaiah 41:23
Here, Isaiah might be considered sarcastic. In fact, this verse is not even about men. This is God's words through Isaiah concerning false gods! The children of Israel were doing what they do on the regular, worshiping idols. So God challenged their false gods to prove they are gods indeed.
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Isaiah 41:21-22
But since they could not pass muster, this is what He said about them and those who serve them…
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you. Isaiah 41:24
Jesus also said “Ye are gods”
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? John 10:34
This verse is used the most in an attempt to prove we are gods. “Because Jesus said it, it is so.” I'll buy that. The question is, did Jesus say it? Read the verse again and answer that question for yourself. The words are clear. Jesus asked the Jews around Him about their law, no doubt quoting Psalms above. Jesus is reminding them of the time when they thought themselves above other men and god-like. So why take offense when I call myself the Son of God?
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? John 10:35-36
So in no way is Jesus affirming men as gods.
Are We like God at all?
What makes us like God? We look like Him according to Genesis 1:26-27. We have His nature, which is the aptitude or ability to love the way He does. That's all since we lost eternal life in the Garden. That is why God sent His Son, Jesus, to restore that abundant life. Before repeating and/or do what sounds good, fact-check it by the Word itself. No matter how much you trust and respect the one who said it. If they're human, they can be mistaken! For instance, nowhere in the New Testament are Christians are told, instructed, or given permission to decree or declare anything except the gospel!.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1 Corinthians 15:1
Nor can we “call things which be not as though they were”. Romans 4:17 states clearly this is something only God can do!!
Will there ever be a time when we are like God?
Will we ever be like God? The answer is yes! We are God's children and He created us to be like Him. Well technically, He created Adam and we are begotten through him. Nevertheless, here is the verse…
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44