We Shall Be Like Him

I. The wonderful promise is complex and secure.

A. The Heavenly Father has given us His love (1 John 3:1).

1. The “manner” of love is unfathomable.

a. The Greek term is unusual.
1). Potapos is a combination of pote and pou.
2) Basically this is two questions:  Where? and When?
b. The term could easily be translated: “Where did this come from and when are we ever going to understand this?
c. Matthew 8:27 -- But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

2. The love goes beyond salvation.

a. John 14:2-3 -- I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
b. Psalm 31:19 -- Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
c. Romans 8:21 -- Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

3. The love yet to be received will work out throughout eternity.

a. Romans 8:32 -- He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
b. 1 Corinthians 15:57 -- But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
c. Ephesians 3:18-19 -- May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

B. The gift is that we are “called the sons of God.”

1. The sentence construction is complex.

a. The verb “called” is present tense.
b. The term is not to be understood as “we are “named” sons . . .”
c. The term is most often used in the sense of “invitation” or “selected.”

2. The context seems to emphasize the “wonder” of what God has given us.

a. His “love” is unfathomable.
b. His “calling” has made us “sons of God.”
c. Romans 8:30 -- Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
d. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 -- That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
e. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 -- Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

C. The gift of sonship brings with it a separation from the worlds embrace.

1. The world (kosmos) did not “comprehend” the Lord Jesus.

a. John 1:10-11 -- He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
b. Isaiah 53:3 -- He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
c. Hebrews 12:3 -- For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
d. John 18:36 -- Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
e. Luke 19:14 -- But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

2. The world (kosmos) will not embrace the “sons of God.”

a. 1 John 3:13 -- Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you
b. John 15:19 -- If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
c. James 4:4 -- . . . know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
d. 1 John 2:15 -- Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
e. Romans 12:2 -- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

II. The gift of sonship will be more completely understood at the “revealing” of Christ.

A. It is not yet “revealed” what we shall be (1 John 3:2).

1. The Greek word is phaneroo.

a. The term means “make clear” – “make visible”
b. The use always describes open clarity.
1) John 21:1 -- After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2) Ephesians 5:13 -- But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

2. The word is very different from parousia.

a. Matthew 24:27 -- For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
b. Philippians 2:12 -- Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
c. 1 Corinthians 15:23 -- But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
d. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 -- For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
e. 2 Peter 3:12 -- Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

B. It will be “revealed” when He (the Lord Jesus) is revealed.

1. Mark 4:22 -- For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

2. John 21:1 -- After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

3. 1 Corinthians 3:13 -- Every man’s work shall be made manifest for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

4. 2 Corinthians 5:10 -- For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

5. 1 Peter 5:4 -- And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

III. The “appearing” of Jesus Christ will “reveal” what we will be like.

A. This promise has its foundation in the creation of Adam.

1. Genesis 1:26-27 -- And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2. Genesis 2:7 -- And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

3. Psalm 94:9 -- He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

4. Romans 9:20 -- Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

5. 1 Corinthians 15:45 -- The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

B. This promise is a fulfillment of the creation design.

1. Acts 17:28-29 -- For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

2. Hebrews 7:1 -- For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

3. Daniel 7:13 -- I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

4. Revelation 1:13 -- And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

5. Revelation 14:14 -- And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

C. This promise will ensure that we will be like the Lord Jesus.

1. We will definitely have human shape.

a. Jesus looked “normal” to all that saw Him after His resurrection.
1) Luke 24:13-31 – the two on the road to Emmaus
2) They were not startled – they walked with him
b. Jesus met with the apostles several times after His resurrection.
1) Luke 24:36-52; Matthew 28:9-10; John 20:19-29
2) They ate with him; they handled him; held his feet
3) John 20:10-14 – Jesus met and ate with them
c. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 -- Paul cites several public appearances of the Lord after His resurrection.

2. We will also have unusual abilities.

a. At Emmaus -- he “vanished out of their sight”
b. John 20:19 – the door was locked – he “stood in their midst”
c. Acts 1:3 – Jesus ascended up into heaven.
d. 1 Corinthians 13:12 -- For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known

3. We will be given Kingdom responsibilities.

a. Matthew 25:21 -- His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
b. Revelation 2:26 -- And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
c. Luke 19:17, 19 -- And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities….  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
d. Revelation 1:6 -- And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. . . .
e. Revelation 5:10 -- And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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