When Christ Appears, We Shall Be Like Him – 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. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

1 John 3:2-3 NIV

I really like this passage. If, like me, you have ever wondered what we will be like in heaven, this passage has the answer for you; we don’t know, it hasn’t been revealed to us. That answer may be disappointing to you, but John goes on to say that we will be like Christ, because we will see him as he actually is.

We should avoid the mistake of thinking that we will becomes gods, but in some real way we shall be like him. While I don’t know what that will be, I do eagerly look forward to it.

John goes on to say that those who have this hope should even now be preparing ourselves by removing the impurities of our lives, striving for holiness. After all, what does this life have that is worth comparing with being like Christ (2 Cor. 4:16-18)?

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