Skip to main content

1 John 3:2: We Shall Be Like Him


1 John 3:2
[2] Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (ESV)

I love how the Apostle John describes the Christ followers whom he is writing this letter to.  He calls them beloved.  Not only did John himself love the people he was writing to, but he is speaking of the great love of God demonstrated in Christ Jesus.  Those who belong to Jesus are loved by their Heavenly Father.  He adopted us.  We were purchased even though we were undeserving.

What is our status now?  We are children of God. I think that the truth of our new identity is a bit difficult to grasp.  I don't know about you, but I struggle daily with feeling that I am not a very good son.  I still fail my Heavenly Father.  I know that the things I am not supposed to do are still a temptation to me.  The good things I am supposed to be doing I sometimes cowardly refuse to do. I am not a perfect son.  But, I am a loved son.

John knows that we have this battle with our own sinful nature.  He gives us great news.  He tells us that there is coming a day when we will be like the Savior.  When Christ returns we will be like him. That is one of the most significant reasons we anxiously await the Savior's return. When he returns we will be like him. We will be changed.  In Heaven we will no longer fight temptation. We will no longer sin and disappoint our God and Father.  What a happy day that will be.

As you wait for the transformation that will come when Christ returns remember, You are loved!  Allow the love of God encourage your heart as you await your transformation.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w