The Hope That Purifies

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 3:1 – BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To “behold” is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are “called the sons God”; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God being our Father has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, the like of which the world has never known because the world has never known the Father. Nevertheless, we may actually know God as our very own Father in His love.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

We do not become sons (and daughters) of God at some point in the future because we are already the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons is beyond our comprehension. God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine sons and daughters deserve. The details have yet to be revealed regarding the significance of all that we truly have.

However, this we can know: when Christ returns for us we will be just like him. For then we will see him as he currently is. When Christ was raised from the dead he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns.  This is how we will be, when he returns. What glorious hope we have!

I John 3:3 – And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he {Jesus Christ} is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this truth, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the heart and soul of believers today because the hope itself is a pure, godly endeavor to hope for and believe in.

Hope in Christ’s return for you is a godly desire, and this hope will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself.

Please have a wonderful day knowing that you are already heaven-bound, called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own children enjoying His love that is currently within your heart. As you continue believing in the hope, the hope of Christ’s return, you will continuously purify your heart and mind to the pure healing will of God’s Word. God bless you!