Good evening! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of "like".
1 John3v2 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.
It is because we will be like Him, is why we shall see Him, when He appears. It is because He has created a change in us that has made us like Him. He has molded, built up, taken away, and given us authority through the Holy Spirit to step on and cut out what does not need to be in us. (Colossians 2v9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power an authority) He purifies us out of the hope we have in Him purifying us, just has He is pure. Our lives manifest our hope in Him in words and deeds, it is who we are becoming everyday more and more. We have a deep desire not to sin and we hate evil, because His seed remains in us, the Holy Spirit of truth. Our desires have changed into what our Holy Spirit desires, our sinful nature has been crucified and we have been given the Holy Spirit, the nature of Christ and the authority of Christ. We are being created into His glorious image, we are being made to be like Him. (John 17v23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.) We need to remember Christ teaches us many ways and has limitless resources to work through. Some ways He teaches us is through His word, through people by gifts He has given them for teaching and preaching, but the Holy Spirit confirms what is being taught to each of us. We are is workmanship, He is making us to be like him so He can live in us to work through so we and others can live with Him in Heaven our true home for eternity. The darkness is passing and His true light, which is our true light, is shinning through! (1 John 2v8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining!) We know this because we have been touched by the love of God and God is love and when we are touched by the love of God we can not help to be changed and to be made like him. His love compels us to do His will. (1 John 4v17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.) Of course for Him to do His work in us so He can work through us, we have to express our love through faith in Him giving us all things we need in our lives, and His will for our lives will be accomplished. How much faith do we have in Him making us like Him? ( Read 1 John 3 and 4 and John 17.) I love everyone with the love Christ gives me for you because He is making me like Him so others may know His love.