Made Like Jesus

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. -1 John 3:2

There is a two-part miracle that happens to make us like Jesus. It begins when we open ourselves to His life as our Savior. We are born again in an instant, translated from death to life. Like any newborn, when we start growing, we look like our parents! 2 Corinthians 3:18 declares we “are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” As long as we live, this process of growth towards maturity takes place. 

The second stage of our transformation will occur at His return, “when He is revealed, we shall be like Him.” Instantly, “in the twinkling of an eye,” everything of our corruptible, mortal existence will give way to incorruptible immortality, just like our Lord (1 Cor. 15:52). The Lord will accomplish this final stage of the process. We partner with Him in growth, but He sovereignly transforms the rest at His coming. And, “we shall be like Him.”

1 John