We Shall See Him As He Is
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we 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.

These are familiar words, often repeated in Christian song and quoted in
speaking of the Blessed Hope. What power there is in them for our hearts
and lives, if we repeat them not alone with our lips or with a superficial
thought but if we
gaze upon them with the eyes of faith and meditate
on this sweet promise of love and hope, letting sink deeper and deeper into
our hearts.
What joy and peace these seven words can bring to our
fainting hearts, and how they will encourage us to faithfulness as well as
devotedness-- to Himself-- and cause us to "rejoice in tribulation!" When
they are constantly before the soul and with them the wonderful destiny
we have with Christ Jesus-- the Heir of God, and as joint-heirs with our
Lord Jesus Christ, they will surely
lift us above the passing scenes.

Beloved reader! Take a few moments to meditate on the fact, "we shall
see Him as He is." Do so every day. In the pressure of the most urgent
business, in your household duties, in the shop, or in the streets,
nothing crowd out the thought of Him,
and that you and your Savior
and Lord will meet someday and "we shall see Him as He is!" However
ready and willing is the Holy Spirit to bring this very thought before us!
How, indeed, it pleases Him if we follow Him in occupation with the Lord!
Alas! We are often so busy and self-occupied that we have but little time
to think of Him, with Whom we may meet so very soon, NEVER TO BE

If a
mighty monarch known for his earthly power and splendor had
decided to meet us and welcome us in his palace, with promises of a
royal entertainment, our thoughts would ever look forward with joyful
anticipation, to that event.
Yet, He Who has gone into the presence
of God appointed Heir of all things-- the whole universe with its
countless worlds and immeasurable heights and depths-- is the King
of Kings and Lord of Lords and has given us the promise,
"I will come
again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am ye may be also."

Christ, Whom the Father ever heareth, has asked Him in a prayer which
has been granted unto Him:
"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast
given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which
thou hast given me:..."
(John 17:24). He has clearly revealed this grand and
glorious future for every child of God-- for each who is trusting in Him, the
gift of the Father to him. It is irrevocably settled once and for all; we are
His, we belong to Him, we sharers of His Glory. We shall be like Him,
transformed into His image, we shall see Him as He is!

The Lord Jesus is MORE than simply an earthly friend.  He is the Lord!
He who is coming, He whom we shall see as He is, is the Lord, "who
loved me and gave Himself for me." The Lord-- the ONLY Begotten of
the Father, whose subsisting in the form of God, emptied Himself, made
of Himself no reputation, laid aside His Glory, and as Man, the obedient
Servant, went the dreary road to the cross.
And on that Cross, He loved
me and gave Himself for me; there He drank the cup for me; there He
was forsaken and paid my debt I owed to God-- He died for me.
He Who did this, to take me out of sin and death, eternal death, and brings
me into life and glory-- He whose life in glory ever saves me to the
uttermost and Whose loving and caring hand cares for me and supplies all
my need-- this ONE Whom I love, though I have never seen Him,
I am to
see as He is, and stand in His presence, beholding HIS GLORY.
think of it, beloved in the Lord!

And this glorious event is near. It may come today, while these words are
being read. This is a most precious fact, that the Lord Jesus has not told us
when He is coming, but we know that at any moment, the waiting soul
may expect Him and
in the meanwhile, be thus occupied with Him.

"We shall see Him as He is." What a company it will be, which stands at
last in His presence, what joy to meet with all, saved by grace; and what
worship and adoration to the Lord Jesus Christ,
"Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood!"

Our Hope Magazine, May 1903.
Modified by Cobblestone Road Ministries


Further Reading:
The Brightening Promise
Are You Rapture Ready? - Jesus is coming back! Are you ready?
Jesus, The King Of Glory
Our Lord's Triumph by A.C. Gaebelein
Honour and Glory Unto Him  by A.C. Gaebelein
What Wait I For?
Till He Come
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