I John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
We are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 1 John 3:2 NASB
Our perspective on life changes when we realize that we are the children of God (v. 2). Like children, we constantly are developing. Growing. Changing. Like children, we are not in a final state but are constantly learning through a variety of experiences.
In this process, we will sometimes make mistakes and do the wrong thing. Like a good father, God does not give up on us when we make mistakes. He knows our nature, and He wants us to learn from our experiences.
As our Father, God looks at us with love, seeking ways to protect us, to guide us, and to shape our development. We should not be surprised when He disciplines us and helps us recognize areas where we need correction or improvement.
Our ultimate nature will not be clear until we are present with Him. Then we will be like Him (v. 2). Until then, we will continue to change.
Always remember that it has not appeared as yet what we will be. You are not in your final form. In fact, you can’t even imagine what you will be. That is something only God knows.
God is shaping you. He is constantly teaching you and helping you mature and become more like Jesus. He is helping you impact more lives.
Make sure you cooperate. Trust Him and obey His Word. Surrender your life anew to Him, because He is your loving Father.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Transformed from Glory to Glory
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Transformed from Glory to Glory
Every believer in Jesus Christ is an open letter, a walking living advertisement, for Christ. It is an awesome responsibility because the world is watching and judging Christianity by our attitudes and actions.
You may ask who is adequate for such a responsibility? The apostle Paul declared, “It is He who is all–sufficient who has made me sufficient for this task.” He always thought of God as making him adequate to live and minister the Christian life. Only the Holy Spirit can change our human nature, therefore God calls us to an intimate relationship with Himself. The new covenant we have with Christ produces in us a greater splendor that will never fade. He calls us to an ever-growing intimate love relationship with Himself that never fades away.
The Christian looks upon the unveiled, the unhidden glories of the Lord, and are transformed into the same image from glory to glory. It is through faith that we look upon Him and are changed y the Holy Spirit.
Where do we get our vision of Him? It is as we are occupied with Him in His Word. As we study the Bible we understand and comprehend what He is like.
Who are those individuals in the Bible who have seen the glory of the Lord and been transformed?
GLORY OF GOD IN THE OLD COVENANT
Seeing God in the Old Testament was a serious matter. The angel of the Lord often mediates him. Those who saw the angel of the Lord understood the sight as practically the same as to seeing God. The message is clear, “No one can see Me and live.” One old saint said with a pure heart, “Then let me see Him and die.”
Glory of God like a consuming fire
Moses is unique in the Old Testament. In Exodus 24:15-17 we are told Moses went up to the mountain and the cloud of glory covered the mountain. “The glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai . . . and He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.”
God met Israel on the mercy seat in the holy of holies (25:21-22). It was there a holy and righteous God came down to where man was for fellowship.
Moses longed to be in the presence of God
Moses enjoyed deeply personal communion with Yahweh. “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). There is universal agreement among scholars that Moses is expressing intimacy with God and not literally in His face. He is preparing his readers for the deeply personal conversation that follows. In Exodus 33:18-23 Moses makes it very clear that sinful man cannot see the glory of God and live. “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live” (v. 20, cf. v. 23). It is not a contradiction, but a clarification. What happens when Moses came into the presence of God is amazing.
Moses reflected the presence of the glory of God in his face
In Exodus 34:29-35 we are told that after Moses fasted on the mountain forty days and nights that “Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him” (v. 29). “The skin of his face shone” and the people were afraid to come near him (v. 30). His face had a general irradiation and illumination about it. His whole face was irradiated in a strange and wonderful way, unusual manner in which those familiar with him had never seen it irradiated before. Moses face was transfigured. The word is used in Hebrew for a sunrise. This was new spiritual illumination for Moses, so mighty, so powerful that it irradiated his countenance. His spirit was in a new fellowship with God. His whole person being was mastered, captured, and illuminated by fellowship with God. Moses had a supreme consciousness of God. It would be needed for the job before him.
He called the people together and communicated to them what God told Him on the mountaintop. “When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him” (vv. 33-35).
So, are you ready?
Here it is.
Look. Look to God. Behold His glory. Focus your attention on Him. Take in His splendour and majesty. And as you witness it you will become the glory that you seek.
The religious skeptic interjects: “No, it cannot be that simple! Merely looking at something never changed the world. It takes action! Hard work! We need to DO! WWJD!” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 seems to indicate otherwise, however
Behold. Take Him in with a reverent awe and wonder. You will notice that when you begin to look there is still very much an intention and purposefulness in the act of looking. It takes a bending of the will to look. Many other things flash and beg and lure. But the key to moving from one degree of glory to another — ever shifting into the likeness of Christ — is in the looking, in reverent, awe-filled focus upon He who is glorious.
We hear Jesus saying, “Do not put your veil back on, child. I tore the veil, the religious symbol of separation. I made a way. I am the intercessor, the bridge between heaven and earth. Through me you are made righteous to behold glory.”