"See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet that we shall be. We know that, if He should appear, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is," (I John 3:1,2).
* The apostle John touches on three needed truths in this passage: (a) the Father loves us, (b) the world doesn't know us, and (c) the Lord Jesus is coming for us. We are to reflect on the eternal identity given us by the Father--- children of God. We are to recognize that the world system which knew not the Lord Jesus won't understand us either. And, we are to rejoice in the return of our Redeemer, anticipating our transfiguration into His glorified likeness.
* In these verses, John outlines three key relationships in the believer's experience in a sequence of past, present, and future. He bids us ponder with praise the limitless love of the Father in adopting us into His family. We are then warned that the world's present hostility is the logical outcome of following the Savior. And finally, John points us to our future transformation when Jesus appears--- what a glorifying proof of His love!