Biblical Concept of Exaltation: “Can You Really Become a God?”

From the Nauvoo Expositor to The God Makers, critics and apostates of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long been critical of the LDS concept of exaltation that was first taught by Joseph Smith–namely that the ultimate goal of mankind is to become gods. After all, everybody knows that God is totally unique and to believe that man could be “like the gods” is Satan’s first great lie!

I sometimes seriously wonder if these guys have ever read the Bible. After all, the Bible teaches this idea of deification more clearly than any of the scriptures revealed through Joseph Smith (in my opinion, anyway).

Here are twelve concepts taught by the Bible. Read the passages cited and digest them carefully.

  1. We can become “the sons of God” (1 John 3:1; Romans 8:14-18)
  2. We “shall be like him” (1 John 3:2)
  3. We will be “heirs of God” and “joint-heirs” of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:14-18; Galatians 4:1-7)
  4. We will possess “all things” (Rev 21:7; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 6:10)
  5. We will be “one” with the Father and the Son as They are one (John 14:20; John 17:21-23)
  6. We will sit down on the Father’s “throne” just as Christ has (Revelation 3:21)
  7. We will “be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:15-19)
  8. We will have “power over the nations” even “as [Christ] received of [his] Father” (Revelatios 2:26-27)
  9. We will receive the “image” of God/Christ (Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10)
  10. We will receive the “divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4)
  11. We will be “rich” the way Christ was before he came to earth (2 Corinthians 8:9)
  12. We will have a “fulness” of deity like Christ (Colossians 2:9-10 It helps to understand that the word “complete” in verse 10 the KJV is the same in the Greek as the word “fulness” in the verse 9)

So, if person X becomes a son of God, is like God, is God’s heir, possess “all things,” is one with the Father and the Son, sits on their throne, is filled with a fullness of God, has power over the nations like Jesus, has his image and nature, and is rich in the same way Jesus is–would it be fair to say person X is in some way “a god?”

Perhaps this is why Jesus validated the Psalmist’s remark that “ye are gods” (Psalm 82; John 10:34-36)?

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4 thoughts on “Biblical Concept of Exaltation: “Can You Really Become a God?”

  1. I am glad you are following it! I’ve just rediscovered it myself. ha! I’m hoping to be a little more consistent again now that life has calmed down some.

  2. Andrew, I love what you have done with your blog. I have become a “follower”. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    Wendell

  3. Andrew, thank-you for your research. I agree with Paul that we may become “joint-heirs” with Christ, this does not mean that He will ever stop being our Savior and Redeemer. No matter what my status may become in 10,000 years from now I will continue forever and forever to worship the Father and the Son.

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