1 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.
This is perhaps my favorite passage of Scripture – a passage that promises great hope and change. A sure hope that in our struggle against sin there is a coming change. Check out the promise this passage makes.
It says right now, this moment, we are children of God – done deal, sealed and sure – we are His. But often I still act like my old self, battling the old nature, struggling, failing and living below what God has for me. If what I am experiencing now is all there is to being a child of God, frankly, it just isn’t that glorious.
But this passage tells me I have a bright hope for my future. One day, one glorious day, I will see Him and that will produce a most marvelous result – a change – I will be like Him! The battle will be over! I will obtain the goal for which I have been running – I will see Him (the ultimate prize) and I will be made sinless, pure, holy – like Him! What a fantastic promise, to know that I will win this battle, the old nature will be defeated. I will be free! I will see Him and will be like Him, free from the grip of temptation and sin.
Right now I am free from the penalty of sin. Day by day I am becoming free from the power of sin. And one very glorious day I will be free from the very presence of sin! In the meantime, I am a child of God – right now. I don’t have to work for it, try to earn it or wish it were true. I am a child of God. That is a hope and a change we can all vote for.
We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved.