Christ’s work of salvation is comprehensive, involving not only rescue from the penalty and power of sin but also from sin’s corruption. (1 John 3:2-3 RSV) The theme that holds our attention through this section of John is that of maintaining righteousness, the problem of acting out of a love which is fair to everyone concerned -- that is … 1 John 2:3, KJV: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. Who knows how we’ll end up! California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. And that’s only the beginning. Beloved, now are we the sons of God By adoption, secretly in God's predestination, and in the covenant of grace; and openly in regeneration, through faith in Christ, and by the testimony of the Spirit: and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; though they are sons, they do not appear now as such, as they will do, when they shall be introduced into their Father's house, and into the many mansions there prepared for them; when Christ shall publicly own them as the children given unto him, and when they shall be put into the possession of the inheritance they are heirs of; besides, they will appear then not only to be kings' sons, but kings themselves, as they now are; they will then inherit the kingdom prepared for them, and will sit down on a throne of glory, and have a crown of righteousness, life, and glory, put upon them; and will appear not only perfectly justified, their sins being not to be found; and the sentence of justification afresh pronounced, and they placed out of the reach of all condemnation; but they will be perfectly holy and free from all sin, and perfectly knowing and glorious; they have a right to glory now, and glory is preparing for them, and they for that: and they are now representatively glorified in Christ, but then they will be personally glorified: now, though all this shall certainly be, yet it does not now manifestly appear; it appears to God, who calls things that are not as though they were and to Christ, whose delights were with the sons men, these children of God, before the world was, and saw them in all the glory they were to be brought to; but not even to angels, until they are owned and confessed before them; much less to the world, who do not know what they are now, and still less what they will be, seeing them now in poverty, meanness, under many reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions; and even this does not appear to the saints themselves, whose life is a hidden life; and that by reason of darkness, desertion, and diffidence, for want of more knowledge, and from the nature of the happiness itself, which is at present unseen: but we know that when he shall appear; that is, Jesus Christ, who is now in heaven, and out of sight, but will appear a second time: the time when is not known, but the thing itself is certain: we shall be like him; in body, fashioned like to his glorious body, in immortality and incorruption, in power, in glory, and spirituality, in a freedom from all imperfections, sorrows, afflictions, and death; and in soul, which likeness will lie in perfect knowledge of divine things, and in complete holiness; for we shall see him as he is; in his human nature, with the eyes of the body, and in his glorious person, with the eyes of the understanding; not by faith, as now, but by sight; not through ordinances, as in the present state, but through those beams of light and glory darting from him, with which the saints will be irradiated; and this sight, as it is now exceeding desirable, will be unspeakably glorious, delightful, and ravishing, soul satisfying, free from all darkness and error, and interruption; will assimilate and transform into his image and likeness, and be for ever. 1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. Copy. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. James W. Knox Sermons 185 views. Date of Writing: The Book of 1 John was likely written between A.D. 85-95. By registering for an account, you agree to Faithlife’s. Who knows how we’ll end up! All rights reserved. John Piper Sep 14, 2003 7 Shares Sermon. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. Who knows how we’ll end up! Your Faithlife account signs you in to all our sites. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. Sep 14, 2003. 2–3  But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. 1 John 3:1 1 John 3:3 1 John 3:2. Please try again soon. Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. Call us at 888-634-2038. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. An error occurred while accessing favorites. We who are in Jesus can look forward to the day when even our bodies will be perfected, and the Spirit, who dwells within us … No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.” Scripture: 1 John 3. Lessons in Love from 1 John. Salem Media Group. Read more Share There was an error while trying to create your account. 1 John 3:2 . 1 John 3:2. The content, style, and vocabulary seem to warrant the conclusion that these three epistles were addressed to the same readers as the Gospel of John. 1 John 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 John 3:2, NIV: "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." 1 John 2:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 John 2:3, NIV: "We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands." of