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We Shall Be Like Him

By Watchman | September 25, 2010

The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.  It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.  It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body….And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”  (I Corinthians 15:42-44, 49.)

“Beloved,  now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  (I John 3:2)

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”    (Revelation 21:3-4)

     I have many times begged my unbelieving friends to make the decision now to accept Christ.  I believe Jesus is returning soon to take those who have turned their hearts and lives over to Him with Him to heaven  to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb, and it is during this time that the seven-year tribulation period will be marking the final days of the world as we know it now, before Jesus Himself takes the throne on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  I have written about God’s desire (and my own) that not one should perish in Hell, but should turn instead to the Lord who gives them life and love.  An eternity in heaven, praising God, working for and worshiping Him, living in perpetual light instead of in the darkness of our own sinful desires–wonderous reasons for turning to our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!  In scripture, we are told there is even more to come:  we shall be like Him.  I never contemplated before what exactly that might mean.  Can you even imagine what it would be like to “be like Him”?

     Let me say right away, we will not become gods.  God is God; we are not.  This is not what John and Paul were talking about, although many people involved in the New Age Movement believe that is what the verses mean. God delights in giving us good gifts, and He has promised to raise us “incorruptable.”  Although we will not be His equal, but will always be servants of the Most High God, He has promised to grant us some of His attributes.  What were some of the attributes of Jesus that we may expect to see God grant us?

First, we will be sinless.  Sin will never be allowed to invade the absolute holiness of the presence of God.  Brothers and sisters, can you even begin to fathom how it will feel to be free of all sin?  No more pettiness, no more anger, no more struggling to overcome addictions, no more stray evil thoughts to undermine our relationship with the Father, no more fear, no more self-consciousness.  God will raise us up incorruptable, to be the people He always intended us to be.  No wonder there will be great joy in store for us in heaven!  Without the constant struggle against our own sinful natures, we will be free to truly love and be loved, to laugh, to use what talents He has given us only for good.  We will be able to love in the way that He loves–without jealousy or selfishness.  I try to imagine what being sin-free will be like and, frankly, I cannot.  When I consider the joy He has already given me in granting me forgiveness for my sin, in sending Jesus to take my punishment for me, I cannot even begin to understand what kind of happiness will be possible when my nature is no longer capable of sinning!  How I look forward to finding out!

    Secondly, we will be wise.  Paul says that “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.” (I Corinthians 13:12)  There are so many things I don’t understand;  so many things about which I’ve said, “well, I guess I’ll be able to ask God about it when I see Him.”  He will answer all our questions and show us all truth.  Of course, many of those unanswered questions may mean nothing to me once I come into His presence!  Still, although we often hear that God is Love, it is more frequently overlooked that He is also Truth, and He will lead us finally to see without any doubt whatsoever the ultimate truth of His love. 

     Because of the first two attributes, that we will be both sin-free and filled with His knowledge, we will experience absolute freedom.  To the unbeliever, God always appears to be a spoil-sport; ruining our fun and condemning those things we find pleasurable.  But the reality is that God wants us to have real freedom to enjoy ourselves without harm to ourselves or others–and we can only have that when we can separate ourselves from rebellion against Him.  When we put off the man of dust and put on the attire of the Man of heaven, we will no longer live in rebellion, and we will be free.

     I long to be with my heavenly Father and to meet Jesus in the flesh and to give myself in submission to Him forever.  I also feel some shame that when I see Him I will know that I have disappointed Him many times and not done all the things He has wanted me to do while I am here in my earth-bound condition.  However, Jesus came to earth and made a way for me and for all who would hear Him knocking at the door to their hearts to be forgiven of our sins and to be reconciled with the Father against whom we have sinned.  He places before us now the choice between heaven and hell.  If we choose hell, He will accept our choice; if we choose heaven, He has promised that we will be like Him!  Choose wisely, my dear ones!

Maranatha,

Melissa

 

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