A Word From The Pastor

We Shall Be Like Him

October 15, 2017
Pastor Kaiser

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 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. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 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. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

   We do thank God daily for His love to us.  His love gets us through difficult times.  Just knowing that God loves us and that He is with us gets us through when nothing and no one else can.  Without that love we were indeed weak, but His love has made us strong.  The verse above says that because we are His children this world know us not.  Let this not confuse you; the world did not know our Saviour either.  John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  The very one that spoke the world into existence and that made mankind was present and seen by men and was not known.  His own creation, His own people, and His own friends (Judas Iscariot), did not recognize who He was nor did they approve of His doctrine.  Indeed the world knows us not because we are strangers here, we do not belong.  Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  And so because we are strangers and not of this world it seems odd that so many want to be as the world is engaging in activities that are ungodly, unscriptual, and unholy.  1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  Jesus has saved us to be like Him and not as the world.  This does not mean that we walk around with a “holier than thou attitude.”  But it does mean that we have a desire to be holy instead of unholy.  One of the reasons that some Christians do participate in unholy acts is because they have lost hope.  The verse above states and every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.  So without this hope a Christian will fail to purify himself and will for sure sin.  But there is a way back and His name is Jesus.

~Pastor Kaiser