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Counseling One Another

I Will Be Like Jesus

Continuing my meditations in the book of 1 John, the Holy Spirit focused the eyes of my heart on another important truth about who I am in Christ. By virtue of my union with Christ by faith, I am completely secure in Him. Not only has God saved me by His overwhelming grace, but He is also sanctifying me daily—setting me apart for Himself more and more—until the day I see Jesus face to face.

This morning, I found myself back in 1 John 3:2, but this time looking forward. “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we will be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” By meditating on this truth, the Spirit caused His peace to flood my soul, thus allowing me to rest in the promise of God to finish what He began in me by the powerful working of the gospel.

Following the pattern of previous posts, I asked myself three questions of the latter part of 1 John 3:2.

WHAT IS TRUE OF GOD? – God will complete His work of redemption in me. This is guaranteed! Though I must be integrally involved in my progress in holiness, the Spirit is ultimately responsible for the inside-out transformation. This verse is John’s version of Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

WHAT IS TRUE OF ME? –God is right now, as my heavenly Father, lovingly and graciously disciplining my heart, mind, and life into the image of His Son (E.g. Rom 8:29). I will actually be like Jesus someday.

WHAT LIE(S) MUST I REPENT OF ? – The final fulfillment of my redemption is dependent ultimately on me. Yes, it is true that I am responsible to be obedient to the Spirit of God by submitting myself to the Word of God. However, the completion of my salvation, i.e. glorification is the Spirit’s work.

I must learn to rest in this glorious truth: Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, is not only the “author” (pioneer) of my salvation, but also the “finisher” (completer) [see Hebrews 12:2).

Previous Posts in this 1 John Series:
I Am a Child of God
I Am United to Jesus
I Am Already Accepted

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7 Comments

  1. It is amazing to see God’s sovereign hand at work in conversion. First, from the drawing of the holy spirit, to the removal of my sinful position before God, the imputation of His righteousness, and the work of sanctification in my life. The power of the Gospel is till alive in those who are His, and one day we shall be glorified and eternally present with Him. What a great reminder today!

  2. I need to be reminded daily that I do not have the strength to be all that I need to be; however, God’s Holy Spirit working in me makes it possible for me to grow. Thanks.

  3. I have found myself looking forward recently as well! How beautiful that day will be when we physically see Jesus and can know without a doubt how “worth it all” He is.

    In the meantime, I regularly think of this verse, claiming the promise that I am a child of God NOW. A much-needed reminder that, regardless of my failures, the Creator of the universe still wants me.

  4. I enjoyed the article and I want to be like Jesus. Thank God, Jesus was not like me. Thank you for reminding me that God is my loving father and not my employer. Praise God and Thank you for a great class

  5. Thank God we do not have to depend on ourselves for final salvation, and that Christ will complete His work in us. I need to continue to see Christ as the “Author” and “Finisher” and stop basing my victory on past victory.

  6. I am so thankful that He promises to finish the work He started! Daily fighting the battle and submitting myself can be spiritually draining, but it’s not a battle I have to (or am able to) fight on my own. I am so thankful for God’s work to make me like Christ. The fact that He pursues me reminds me that I am His child. This is enough hope to continue even when weary!

  7. I am thankful that Christ paid for my sins on the Christ. It is because of His power in me that I can daily able to be sanctified. It is because of His work that I will ultimately be redeemed in glory. The reason I am thankful is because all of this hinges on Christ and not myself. What a blessing!