1 John 3: 2, 16-24 (NASB) -
2: “Beloved, now we are children of God and it has not yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears, we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.”
John 17:13-21 (NASB) -
13: "But I now come to you; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.” Joy as the bridegroom when he receives his bride.
14: I” have given them your word” (myself).
16: “They are not of the world as I am not of the world.”
17: “Purify and consecrate them, set them apart, in your truth; your Word, Jesus Christ, is truth.”
Dear ones, right now you can know we are children of God (disciples of God) because we have received Him; we have heard Him and follow Him doing acts of righteousness (1 John 3:10). God’s spirit within us testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16). It has not yet appeared what we will be, but we wait eagerly (Rom 8:23) and with expectation and anticipation. We know when Christ appears we will be like Him, we will resemble Him. (We will be conformed to His image. Rom. 8:29) We know we will be like Him because God and Jesus promised it. Our future is certain. We do not have to wonder what we will “be,” but must be at the task of not only telling others, but in deed and truth, act upon it (1 John3:18 NASB). This is how we can be assured of our belief, we resemble Jesus, we will do acts of righteousness not speak only of our belief.
God's love abides/lives in us if we are truly believers. We cannot let another live in need if we own the resources or are able to fill their need. We must surrender our life for another as Jesus laid aside His life for us. Putting aside our life is not just telling them about Jesus, but doing something to help meet their need. Many people come to Jesus because someone has taken the time to listen to them and help fill their need be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. Christ came to be the Answer to all our needs. As children of God, those who heard the Word and accepted Him into our lives, we are set aside and purified for His service. We know we are the children of God by our righteous acts, the fruits of the Spirit which show in us. Without Jesus' Spirit speaking to our spirit, we would not be able to be used by God and to do righteous deeds. We would not be able to show God's love for everyone. John says,
We know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us, for God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. Dear ones, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep what his commandments and do things that are pleasing in His sight. This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He commanded us (1 John 3: 19-23 NASB).
The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain about God, but about our future. John tells us we do not need to be uncertain of our future. Who we are and what we will be in this life we do not know, but we know who we will resemble. We will resemble Christ when He returns. If we are not just hearers of the Word, but doers, we resemble Christ. When we act upon God's consecration/dedication of our lives now on this earth, we know we are followers of Christ. Jesus prayed for His disciples; He prayed for us before He left and arose to heaven. He prayed our joy would be complete; the joy He has will be in our lives. His joy is full as the bridegroom who receives His bride. Our joy is tied to His and we can be filled with His joy when we accept Him as our Lord and when we live the life He commands us, to love one another not just in word, but in deed and truth. It really is up to us. Jesus already did everything we need to live an abundant life, with joy and certainty as to our future. When we confess Jesus as our lord and Savior, our joy is full and our future is secure. We will be like Jesus Christ; we will resemble Him.
Oh, what great news we can tell others. Based on this good news, our love overflows into deeds of love and righteousness. These are deeds of truth, sharing God's love to all people so their physical needs are met and the future is certain and held in Christ. What greater love can we live than spending our lives sharing Christ's love, His deeds, word, and truth? What is holding you back from acting upon God's love in accepting the Savior and being to the world around you the heart, hands, and mouth of Christ? Act upon Christ's love, accept Him, tell others, and show them the love of Christ in you. Show them acts of righteousness that come through God's love in your heart. We will resemble Christ and be like Him if we accept His gift of grace and act upon them with acts of righteousness.
1 John 3:24 “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us” (NASB)