Thursday, October 16, 2014

+DEV+ Are We Resembling Christ

Date: October 16, 2014 11:32 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Are We Resembling Christ

Are We Resembling Christ

"Now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him..." (1 John 3:2)

Scripture Focus: 1 John 2:28-3:3

A child is born, and what does everybody start asking? "Who does he/she look like?" Daddy? Big sister? Grandpa? It's an irresistible game, part of the joy that everyone shares (except for the jaded fellow who said, "Face it. All babies look like Winston Churchill."). 

The apostle John writes repeatedly about our new, spiritual birth. In the middle of his first letter, he suddenly breaks into an expression of wonder: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" It's as joyful as anything uttered by a physical parent, a truth almost too good for words. 

Then he tells us more about being a child of God. We are growing in resemblance to Christ. We won't physically look like Jesus; we'll resemble Him spiritually. We are being renewed, healed, and eventually perfected to have the moral excellence of the Son of God. He is coming back for us, says John, and when He returns, we will be able to look at Him, unashamed, because "we shall be like Him."

Insight: "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (Psalm 34:5)

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