1 John 2:29-3:3
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. 3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
The passage begins by saying that Christ is righteous and that those who practice righteousness are related, in fact closely related, in that they are God’s children. John is amazed that we should be called the children of God. God says so, so we are! There is also some sage advice here from John in that this relationship is not recognised by those in the world. Those who do not know God or his purposes are hardly likely to recognise his kids.
John then goes on to explain that in terms of our relationship with God we are children, not tweens, not teenagers and certainly not mature adults. When Jesus does appear we’ll be like him and see him as he really is ie. adult. We will reach maturity at this point. What a great hope this is – to see Jesus as he really is! John then encourages all those who want to go on to this maturity in Christ to remain pure.
The father/child relationship is central to this passage of Scripture. That sense of unconditional love, security and purpose is important. I have privileges and responsibilities as a child of God and in particular I have access to the Father. Nonetheless, until I see Jesus when he returns, my understanding of God is childlike, limited or basic at best. We understand a bit and that bit is pretty mind blowing! Believers have so much to look forward to. In the meantime I am comforted in knowing that I am God’s child, he loves me, forgives me, provides for me and has an amazing future planned out.
Dear God thank you for being my heavenly Father and looking after me. Amen
Written by Ainslie Woods