Saturday, October 27, 2007

“We shall be like him, because we shall see him…”

Are you looking forward to seeing Jesus? I think that, perhaps, one of the sweetest truths surrounding Jesus’ second coming is that one which was expressed by the apostle John when he wrote, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

Think of that: “We shall be like him”. No more sin. No more sinning. No more temptations. No more struggles with the flesh. No more trying and failing. No more cries of, “Wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:24). When Jesus comes again, “we shall be like him”: “without spot or wrinkle…holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

And, the reason we shall be like Jesus is because “we shall see him as he is.” There is something about seeing Christ in all his glory that shall transform us. Although this is true to some extent now (see 2 Corinthians 3:16-18), our transformation will be total when we see Jesus face to face.

It “has not yet appeared”, wrote John, “what we will be”. What we see now, when we look at other believers—and what they see when they look at us—is not what will be in that day. Brothers and sisters, we haven’t yet arrived. We’re not perfect. We still struggle with sin—do those things we ought not do and leave undone the things we ought to do. We’re not what we should be. Oh, but when Jesus comes again, “we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”

Listen to some old-fashioned “whooping”, as Rev. C.A.W. Clark of Dallas, Texas wraps up this message reminding us that one day “we shall see him as he is…” (1 John 3:2).


FellowElder said...

Brother Clark got a lil' sometin in that hoop, ain't he? Thanks for posting this brother. I'm looking forward to seeing Him. Come Lord Jesus!

Praying the family is well.

wwdunc said...

Thank you, brother, for your prayers.

I tell ya, Dr. Clark brought that message in for a landing, didn't he? I can't "whoop", but thinking about seeing Jesus sure makes me want to holler.