Why Does God Call Us Gods?

In John 10, Jesus responded to a challenge by referring to Psalm 82 wherein God refers to human beings as “gods.”  Jesus’ point was that if the Scripture, which can never been in error, called humans gods, how could He be wrong by calling Himself “the son of God.”

Why did Psalm 82 refer to us as gods in the first place?  Because it was anticipating the resurrection in which Jesus says we will be like angels in heaven.  That is, the resurrection of the dead brings humanity to the heavens, in a place higher than angels.  For this reason also Psalm 8 extols God for the power and privilege He has given humanity.  He goes so far as to say that all things have been put under the feet of mankind.  The writer of Hebrews picks up on this theme and rejoices in it.

Mankind had authority over everything on earth in the original creation, but Psalm 8 is speaking prophetically of the resurrection which Jesus Christ has brought about.  In this resurrection, deceased humanity has been seated in heavenly places higher than angels.  Angels are under our feet.

For this reason we should not think that anything can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39).  Satan once stood between us and God.  No longer.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.

 

 

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12 Responses to Why Does God Call Us Gods?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    Could you send me the supporting scripture(s) for what you have written regarding angels being under our feet in the resurrection. I have never seen anything written in scriptures that refers to this. Also, if someone didn’t read the blog carefully they could think you are saying that angels are under our feet while we are still living on the earth. I had to read the blog again before posting a lengthy response. To say angels are under our feet sounds disrespectful.

    “Angels are under our feet.” (I feel horrible just reading that.)

    It’s like saying to Archangel Michael or Archangel Gabriel that we are better than they are and do not have to show respect. Angels stand in the presence of God and are not to be worship but are to be respected as angels of the lord. I know you did not say this but it could be taken that way by a reader if not read carefully. There is a scripture that say when we die we will be like the angels. (Mark 12:25
    When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.) I never seen where it is written we higher than angelse or that we are place higher etc.

    Thank you for reading my response.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      The point of the post is not to disrespect angels, but rather to glorify God who has shown such great kindness to us. As to the place of man vis-a-vis angels, see Hebrews 1:14. See also Romans 16:20 which speaks of Satan being crushed beneath our feet. None of this should make us proud; rather, it should make us humble. Angels and men alike should bow at the feet of our mighty Savior Jesus Christ.

    • Anonymous says:

      You wrote all that for nun frfr i didnt read that in this post bro just stay focused you stop over reading just to say some things that will confuse people,…,….

  2. Joe Ammel says:

    “Why did Psalm 82 refer to us as gods in the first place?”

    Does it?

    There are varying translations (http://bible.cc/psalms/82-1.htm), but the first verse has God addressing the congregation of the Almighty, which is specified to be the ‘elohiym, or “the gods.”

    Later in the psalm (verse 6), God, himself, says, “You are gods, sons of the Most High,” or ‘elyōwn (the Supreme) ūḇənê (sons), essentially the same language as “the Sons of God” mentioned repeatedly throughout the Books of Moses (about which you’ve likely been taught all manner of nonsense). See for yourself: “sons of the Most High” (http://biblelexicon.org/psalms/82-6.htm) vs. “Sons of God” (http://biblelexicon.org/genesis/6-2.htm).

    I challenge you to find a single reference in the entire Bible, Old Testament or New, where ‘elohiym is given in reference to people, generally. You’ll find a few odd references here and there to ‘elohiym as judges and rulers (with context that clearly indicates so), but none that extends that designation to everyone.

    And your argument that an ancient Hebrew psalm anticipates the Christian doctrines of resurrection centuries before they existed? Well, that hardly holds up if you read the rest of the psalm, does it?

    “‘How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?’ … I said, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.’”

    Now why would God be pronouncing judgment and sentencing those he just resurrected—at the trouble of his own death on the cross, the whole purpose of which was to promise them ETERNAL salvation—to die all over again, specifically for being unjust judges and SHOWING PARTIALITY TO THE WICKED?

    And, also, there will be wicked people in heaven, now? With these newly appointed gods/angels/sons-of-god (formerly you and me) showing them favor and getting on God’s bad side all over again?

    None of that sounds like any Christian version of heaven I’ve ever heard of.

    You’re stretching logic so thin as to break it in order to ignore what is written in the holy book, itself. How is that honest? How is that RIGHT?

    If God is truth and light, then pursue truth and enlightenment.

    If your loyalty to this idea that every single infinitely re-translated word, written anonymously and then transliterated for centuries upon centuries, has somehow retained a perfection as the God of the Universe originally revealed it—as if the God of the Universe would have any need or want of HUMAN LANGUAGE in the first place—obstructs your pursuit of truth and enlightenment, then put wise counsel over any and all blind loyalty to the tradition and custom with which you were raised:

    “If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out.”

    Or, better yet, open your eyes to what you’re so afraid might be there. Psalm 82 is telling you in black and white, as is the rest of your Bible.

    Your traditions, including the relatively RECENT, entirely Christian doctrine Biblical inerrancy, are not of God. They are not holy or sacred or unquestionable.

    And anything you place before truth, which is God inasmuch as God is truth, is then an idol.

    For your own sake, and the sake of everyone whose lives you touch, please stop making an idol out of the holy text that was MEANT to be a GUIDE to God, NOT an object of worship and reverence, in and of itself.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Rest assured that the Bible does not testify to itself, but rather to Jesus Christ our Lord (John 5:39-40). To Him be the glory.

      • Joe Ammel says:

        Firstly, I appreciate the honesty and integrity you show in approving my comment.

        Secondly, what I’m addressing here is the Law of Identity: A = A.

        If Jesus is God, and God is truth, then truth is both Jesus and God.

        If holding fast to the young, earthly doctrine of biblical inerrancy in any way obstructs one’s path to the truth, then it serves only to stand in one’s way to God.

        You cannot serve two masters.

        You are saying to Christ be the glory, I am saying to truth be the primacy.

        It’s up to you whether truth is God in your life. I can only say that if truth is not God, then God is not truth.

  3. K.R. Dial says:

    Biblical Inerrancy questioned? Is this what is coming out of “evangelical” seminaries now? No wonder the Church is weak and running full throttle into apostasy. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  4. Mike Gantt says:

    The church went apostate a long time ago. The Lord came shortly thereafter. If you truly love the Lord Jesus and want to serve Him, you’ll need to seek Him in His kingdom. That’s where He reigns.

    This kingdom is not far away from us geographically, but it might be far away from us spiritually if we are not doing the things He told us to do (Luke 6:46). Even then, however, you can repent and He will forgive you and welcome you to Himself. Just call on His name.

  5. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    In order to put a stop to megalomania, I’d suggest to read the following verses.

    “And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
    Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
    And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.
    But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out,
    “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.” (Acts 14:11-15 ESV)

    Everyone who continually lives in the spirit is together with God, Jesus, and other saints (whether still on earth or already in heaven), as John confirmed here:

    “…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 Jn 1:3)

    This is heaven on earth, so to speak. It is the divine realm in our hearts that frees us from seeking man’s appreciation as we can see it displayed in Paul’s and Barnabas’ behavior. They knew that they belonged to God alone but nobody of them would have thought of himself “being a god”. Such a name could only be given by God. Therefore we must be cautious to think about us in “spiritual” terms like gods or royalties now. We are weak human beings living in sinful flesh who can only resist the world, the devil, and sin, as soon as we have been empowered by God to do so.

    OK OK, I admit, in the spiritual realm, God is very humorous in giving names. For many years I have been used to be called, “Angel…” by Him; that’s quite normal. Another name He gave me was, “Victoria,” which meant that I would overcome.
    However, when our Daddy in Heaven for the first time called me, “My diva…” I really broke down laughing. ROFL 🙂 Maybe, He referred to the fact that I never displayed the “typical” (whatever this might be) outer appearance of a Christian woman who is to be quasi invisible (in Germany at least). No, I am a freak, as a dear sister many years ago attested to me. She said, “I am so happy that you are different from other women in the church.”

    So, you can see, it is God who calls us gods, yet we should never think of ourselves in such terminology apart from Him (danger of megalomania arising, ya know 😉 )

  6. Zoe says:

    In the eyes of God, we are one with Christ. We are Joint-Heir with Christ. And Bible says in Hebrews 1:4, “Being made so much better than the angels, as He by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they(angels)” If we are same with Christ, that means we are higher than the angels. God assigned to each and everyone of us angels to works for us. They are our messengers. Your assigned angels can only be active if you are active in prayers. If you’re a dull Christian, your assigned angels will be dull as well. Angel simply means messenger in Greek word. So I ask, in your house or office, where do you place your messengers, above you or below you?

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