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We Shall Be Like Him

March 23, 2007

I had been pondering the thought of trying to post every other day or so as to regain some balance in some areas of my whirlwind life.  Thursday morning, when I read Phils comment, I knew instantly that such a change is needed and I now have peace about striving to post on an every other day basis; unless something comes up or is really on my heart.  As for now, however, I’ll pander to another problem that I struggle with and “procrastinate” on this until next week.  This is because last night, after returning home from work, I found myself pondering the moment when this corruption puts on incorruption and this mortality puts on immortality.   

I John 3:2-3  “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  and every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Three things stand out in this incredible passage.

( 1 )  If we’ve truly repented of our sins and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we are the Lords.  Although we’re still a work in progress, our names are written in glory and we can trust the Lord to finish the work that he has started in us.  We need simply to keep on keeping on. 

( 2 )  We simply don’t know what it will actually be like to put on incorruption.  We know that this moment “will” arrive (an awesome thought in itself) but cannot actually fathom what it will be like to have “finished the course.” 

( 3 )  If we’re truly born again, we’ll strive to live for him.  We’ll “purfy ourselves through repentance and seeking to be always pleasing to the Lord.  We’ll desire the things that he desire’s.  The following verse is a telling one concerning this desire for holiness that will be present in the true saint.

Hebrews 12:4  “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”

My perception here is that the saints to whom this was written weren’t putting forth a wholehearted effort to live a holy life.  If we love Jesus and are looking for his appearing, we’ll be diligent on such matters.  If we’re struggling in an area, we’ll take it to the Lord and do all to gain victory over it; knowing that we are no longer to be in bondage to sin. 

The concept of immortality has been approached from a number of angles through the imaginations of fallen man.  A good example is the search for the mythological “fountain of youth” where a person can drink from it and never grow old.  Or the story of Peter Pan which tells of a land where people never grow up.  (Sounds like American Axle & Mfg. lol)  Every form of mythology professes there to be “immortal gods” who exist beyond the limitations of the physical world.  (like the goddess Diana and the image that fell from Jupiter)  Men have dreamed of this concept since the beginning of history and such tales are the result of lengthy ponderings about the topic.  A few years ago, there was a program on one of the science channels which reported how researchers and doctors are actively pursuing “immortality” through science.  Seeking the mechanism whereby the aging process could be slowed or even stopped.  (Your tax dollars at work)

For the born again christian, immortality isn’t simply a far out concept dwelling only within the confines of the imagination.  It’s a very present reality as we have the Holy Spirit abiding within and we love the Lord Jesus in all sincerety.  We know that one day this fallen nature that works within our members, will no longer have to be contended with.  We know that one day, time will be a non-factor and we will be forever with the Lord Jesus.  We know that as the song goes “Soon and very soon, we are goping to see the King.”  It’s not a pipe dream or a ten-step coping mechanism; it is very much “real.”  Far more real than the array of trappings that folks surround themselves with or the things which folks hold in high esteem here. 

Romans 8:22-23  “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

I know of professing christians who seem to have no victory over the things of this life; and live in a lukewarm state at best.  When talking to them, they prefer to talk about the things of the world.  It’s the telling indicator of a person who isn’t longing for this moment as they ought.  The more that we love the Lord Jesus, the more that we will desire to be like him and with him.  This love displaces the attraction to the things of this ever so temporal world which can offer neither lasting happiness or deliverance.  Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly; everlasting life which doesn’t subscribe to the ravages of time or corruption.  The aopstle Paul stated it perfectly; the desire to be with Christ and the context for which we are to live while here.

Philippians 1:21-24  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”

In other words, “I really want to go home but there are souls in the balance.”  It’s the ongoing betwixt-ness that resides in the heart of every true saint of God.  A fervent longing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, and yet a love for the lost who are all around us.  Love ones and acquaintances whom we pray will come into the household of faith.  Folks who aren’t ready for the door to close.   The more that we are focused on the world to come, the more diligent we’ll be while in this vessel of clay. 

I need to wrap this up as it’s getting long and I may have to pick Matthew up from school.  I pray that we would all long for the Lords appearing as we should.  The concept should place a song in our heart and a sense of urgency concerning the souls who aren’t ready to leave this world.  A departure that can take place for any one of us with little or no warning.  This morning, after getting the kids on the bus, I snoozed for about an hour and a half before posting.  What a difference that additional time makes and I am thankful for the advice.  Nonetheless, I need to start posting every other day as to keep from neglecting other things.  Some folks have the time to do this daily but with four kids, extra-curricular activities, baby goats soon to be born, work schedules, and the nonstop surprises that seem to come out of nowhere, every day posting is difficult.  I really like blogging and talking about the deep things of God, however, a more realistic approach is needed.   In context with this post, I’ll leave off with the following passage.

II Corinthians 5:1-4  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  In this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not that we should be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.”

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9 comments

  1. Hi, timbob:

    I think your decision to give yourself and your responsibilities a little more time between posts is inspired. A lot of bloggers I know do this. It works out well for the readers, too; I don’t think anyone can visit all the blogs they’d like to every day, so it gives us a chance to “catch up” as well. As far as your thoughts are concerned, like a good sauce, a nice simmer can enhance them.

    Baby goats, huh? How cool!


  2. Timbob I am so glad you will be getting some more rest! I am still working at it as I wake up in the middle of the night often and can’t go back to sleep, but doing better now that I’m not trying to post at 2 am!

    I love this, “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

    There’s just something about this verse that makes me long for that Day, and yet as you said, I feel so strongly that our work here isn’t through.
    We will have all Eternity to bask in the glory and presence of the Lord, How awesome and wonderful that will be! But in the meantime, there are souls perishing, and a great harvest to be brought in!

    May we be found in Christ Jesus daily, doing the Fathers will, whatever, wherever, However and with whomever He chooses!

    Bless you brother! The Lord has good things ahead for you!

    Susan


  3. Thanks Cami. It’s good to hear from you. Indeed posting daily is a challenge and I think that many things may become lost in the shuffle. I love to post but it needs adjusting; at least in my case. It would be awesome to visit your church sometime as we’re only three or so hours apart.
    Have a blessed weekend in Christ.

    timbob


  4. Greetings Susan. We’re crossing paths again as I was just over there and one of the comments became lengthy. I think that longing for the Lords return and longing for the lost to be saved are in the same boat. The more we love his appearing, the more we’ll grasp the urgency of the hour. I praise God for granting Paul the words to sum it up so perfectly as he did in Philippians. Amen. Thanks for commenting. I have to run as the day is getting away and I have to make some phone calls.
    Have a great weekend in Christ Jesus.

    timbob


  5. This is so great. Perfect timing. I’m studying some from Genesis that fits with this. Thanks!


  6. It’s very interesting to read about those who have died, been in heaven, and returned. I suspect even with their experiences they couldn’t do justice to heaven with earthly words. Get your rest my brother. Talk to you in a few days.


  7. I am consistently spurred on, provoked, and exhorted by your thoughtful posts. Thank you for your faithful witness. Have a blessed weekend full of needful rest.

    Hebrews 10:23 -25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


  8. TIMBOB, get some reat Brother. we wont go anywhere and we are waiting and reading your posts whenever your ready. THis posting is a vent, a journal, a hobby. But your real life is much much more important than blogging. I love your posts and all of my other “small group on the web” brothers and sisters. But you need to take care of your temple first.

    Love and Blessings and Lots of rest

    Andrea


  9. reat=rest



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