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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When He appears we shall be like Him

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.
1 John 3:2 ESV

This verse is one of the most encouraging verses in the bible. First, as Christians we are children of God right now. It's not like some day, down the road we will become children of God when we are in heaven. We are His now! He claims us as His. We don't look any different than anybody else, yet we are children of God.

But, we know the day is coming when we will be changed as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15: 52, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.ESV We will no longer be mortal but, immortal. John says we don't yet know what we will be like in that state, but when He returns for us we will be like Him.

It is exciting to think of the day when we will be like Him. We won't be dealing with all of the human failings and weakness we do now. That day those things will all pass away. That day will come to those that remain His “faithful” children.

Think about what Paul wrote about being God's children in Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.ESV That eternal reward will come after we have lived a life sacrifice to Him.

So today, look to the future and know that at the end of the journey we too will be glorified as Christ was glorified.

© 2013 Leo J. Woodman