Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Biblical Saints called Children of God

"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 what we will be. We know that, when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is," (I John 3:1,2).

* In these beautiful verses, John comforts, consoles, and encourages our hearts. It is very comforting to contemplate the Father's love in calling us His children. When the world opposes us, there is consolation in the reminder that it opposed our Savior far more vehemently. And we are encouraged in knowing that He will return to take us home.

* The beloved apostle bids us understand and appreciate three great truths: (1.) As born-again ones, we have an eternal relationship with God as our Father; (2.) Opposition by the world should be expected, since we are identified with One they hated (and still hate) so violently; and (3.) There will come a time when, as children of God, we will see and know our Savior perfectly.

* The apostle John emphasizes the privilege, the price, and the promise of our salvation. Our privilege is to be called children of God. The price to pay is opposition from a world system ignorant of our Lord. And the promise is His imminent and certain return, when we will see Him as He is!

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