My comment (at #11):
Really appreciate this blog post. Theosis is a core biblical concept, and the Western church should have realised this a long time ago.
@Todd Moore (#9), indeed!!
The apostle Paul himself gave a wonderful summary of the purpose of the crucifixion:
Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
9 much more, then, having been declared righteous now in his blood, we shall be saved through him from the wrath;
10 for if, being enemies, we have been reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved in his life.
11 And not only [so], but we are also boasting in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom now we did receive the reconciliation;
Theosis is about knowing God (1 Cor 13:12; 2 Cor 3:18; 1 John 3:1-2).
Paul, in Romans 5:11, mentions this idea of “boasting in God”. This is also about knowing God (Jer 9:23-24)! Furthermore, 1 Cor 1:18-31 explains that we know God through the crucified Christ! At the end of that wonderful passage, Paul even quotes Jer 9:24 as the punchline (1 Cor 1:31)!
“They are liberated from Sin and sins. Justification entails transformation; justification is synonymous with reconciliation. The theological rift between justification and sanctification is illegitimate.”
I would agree with the author, though with the qualification that he has understated the subtle differences between Justification and Reconciliation. My understanding is that Justification is a kind of forensic “de jure” declaration that is based on a real “de facto” godliness possessed by the one who has been reconciled to God. In other words, instead of saying that Justification and Reconciliation are synonymous, it’s more accurate to say that they are inseparable.
PS. I chose the YLT version of Romans 5:10, because “saved in his life” seems to be a much better translation than “saved by his life”. After all, this is the point of Paul’s repeated use of “in Christ” (en Christo).