Children of God-1 John 3:1-3

1 John 3:1-3 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 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 he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

1 Giovanni 3:1-3 “Vedete quale amore ci ha manifestato il Padre, dandoci di essere chiamati figli di Dio! E tali siamo. Per questo il mondo non ci conosce: perché non ha conosciuto lui. 2 Carissimi, ora siamo figli di Dio, ma non è stato ancora manifestato ciò che saremo. Sappiamo che quando egli sarà manifestato saremo simili a lui, perché lo vedremo come egli è. 3 E chiunque ha questa speranza in lui, si purifica come egli è puro.”


     It is interesting that in the original language, this verse begins with the word “Behold” followed by “how great is the love…” In essence, John is asking us to meditate on the greatness of God’s love poured out through Jesus Christ that we should be called “children of God” (repeated twice). There are two words in Greek to describe children: younger and older ones. He uses the word for older children because they have a greater knowledge of what they are doing and believing. Believers are “called children of God” because they are born again from the Father.

     Children reflect the characteristics of their parents in a natural way. As believers, we as well are learning the ways of the Father and although we are not mature adults, are growing in the aspects of our Father’s love. But John also adds that there is a day coming when the Lord will appear to transform us in the same way as the glorified Lord. The evidence for this is that “we shall see him as he is.” Paul also affirms this truth in Philippians 3:20 where he tells us that “our citizenship is in heaven” and then adds in verse 21 that He “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

    Finally, as a word of encouragement to the suffering and persecuted believers in his age and on until Jesus appears, John says this hope gives us the assurance that the purge of pain, suffering, and death will give way to complete purity (“like him”) as we gaze on the face of our Savior.

Pray with me: Lord, I continually see in Your Word the marvelous love You have poured out on Your children. Help me to act as a child of God now with an eternal hope in view.

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