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Friday, October 12th, '18

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LOOK-ALIKES

"...we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2)

 

Three facts jump out in the first two verses of this chapter in First John, we share His love, "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us", we share His life, "that we should be called the sons of God", but greatest of all, we share His likeness, "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is". The third promise has normally been interpreted as being prophetical, yet future. "It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him..." The Greek word employed there, phaneroo, is most often translated, "to make manifest", so the verse is not necessarily speaking of the second coming of Christ, rather any manifestation or unveiling of His Person. Therefore taking on His likeness does not have to be a future event but rather a current experience. Has not the Father "predestined [us] to be conformed to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29), that is, to make us Jesus look-alikes?

 

The dissimilarities become pronounced when "we shall see him as he is". In the natural I do not look like Jesus, I bear the image of my great-grandparent Adam (Genesis 5:3), but the similarities grow as we behold Jesus. It is the look that fashions the likeness. John admonished, "Behold the Lamb!" What we behold is what we become. A group of Grecians begged, "We would see Jesus". Hebrews adds, "Looking unto Jesus..." It is by the Spirit that "we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image", the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV). Metamorphosis is mirrored from the Model. Jesus is "the express image of his person" (Hebrews 1:3). We can't look more like God than to look like Jesus. "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). The two are look-alikes because Jesus always and ever beheld the Father's face.

 

The ultimate makeover has nothing to do with skin grafts, tummy tucks or hair replacement. What man needs is not so much a facelift as a faith-lift. When the inner person reflects Jesus the outer man is beautiful irregardless of size or shape. We shall be like Him; notice, "we", we with all our differences in complexion, hair styles, texture and tan. The Model Man is not defined mentally by IQ or physically by GQ. He is defined spiritually as Paul stated, "The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45). We don't judge the good looks contest after the flesh any longer. Even though we have known the Jesus of the Gospels "according to the flesh, yet now we know him thus no longer" (2 Corinthians 5:16). In other words, He is not just another man now, He is supreme. He is not just a good man, He is the God man. To see Him as He is, is to share that likeness. I don't mean that we become little gods on this planet like one teaching that spread through the Body of Christ inferred, but we do become look-alikes, and in that image also bear and share His power, His holiness, His favor and His spiritual genetic code. Born-again believers do not share His divinity but we do share His dignity and that sets us apart as a special breed, for "as he is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17). As He "is", so "are" we, not "will be". The look is for today and thus also is the likeness.


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