NOW ARE WE…
BY: JOANNE CAIN – MARCH 1, 2008
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.
Paul instructs us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought, yet he tells us that we have the mind of Christ. We have access to his thoughts continually. He has made us one with him and the Father. We are the sons of God NOW. He has been and even now is writing his word in our hearts and minds, transforming us and creating us in his image. The carnal mind is in opposition to God but the spiritual mind is in complete harmony with him, thinking his thoughts. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Choose your thoughts carefully.
Our attention is easily diverted to the things that pertain to our earthly existence in this earthly body – legitimate things, hardships, pain and suffering that seems unbearable, and relationships good and bad. These things can consume us and wear us out. We have the word of God in our heart but just can’t muster up the truth of it. We let our troubles and our assessment of our inadequacies overwhelm us. Alert! We have the mind of Christ! We are now the sons of God.
“Now” is such a little word, but so powerful. It means “present,” “immediate.” Not some day or in the sweet bye and bye. Not when we work ourselves over with our self-improvement plan and become a good person. Not even some future time when we expect him to make us perfect. We are complete in him now! “Now” denotes time. We have been created in the realm of time. We function in the realm of time. God is eternal – he is not subject to time although he subjects us to time and his plan for his creation takes place over time – “in the fullness of time he sent his son.” God himself is not limited to time. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the I AM. Exod. 3:13-14 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
In the realm of time everything changes, gets old, wears out, seems important or not, is either good or bad, gets better or worse. But God (and Christ in us) changes not. Mal 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not… James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. He is Now, I AM that I AM. He is in us We ARE that We ARE! Our inner man is spirit, one with Him, the image of Him, and this new nature we have transcends time. WE ARE.
2 Cor. 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal (limited by time); but the things which are not seen are eternal. Our body is temporal and everything about it—its cares, its worries, its lusts, etc. But our inward man is eternal. 2 Cor 4:16…but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man (the outward man) as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
This word is a person. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This word is the incorruptible seed that birthed our new man, our inward man. Now we are that word. We are living epistles known and read of all men. We are changed into that same image, the image of God. NOW!
1 John 3:2 …and it doth not yet appear what we shall be… NT:5319
appear: phaneroo (fan-er-o’-o); from NT:5318; to render apparent (literally or figuratively): KJV – appear, manifestly declare, (make) manifest (forth), shew (self).
Shall be: NT:2071 esomai (es’-om-ahee); future of NT:1510; will be:
KJV – shall (should) be (have), (shall) come (to pass), X may have, X fall, what would follow, X live long, X sojourn.
eimi (i-mee’); the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic): KJV – am, have been, X it is I, was.
Here is the heart of the matter: “What we shall be” is the appearance or the unveiling of what we NOW are. We are not looking to be something more or greater or more righteous than what we now are. What we shall be is the open manifestation of Christ who is in us now. We are not going to be something different than what we are now. Now are we the sons of God. We do not have to work to become something that God will finally be happy enough with to manifest us to the world. God will manifest his sons in his set time, not ours. If we could believe it we would see ourselves manifesting the Christ in us now. We have this treasure in earthen vessels. 1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. Paul is not talking about ugly, corrupt things in us, but Christ in us, the hidden man of the heart, which is not readily seen because it is wrapped in the dimness of this age. What will be seen are the purposes of the hearts. You know what is in your heart. You long for him, to know him more and more. You want what He wants. Then every man will have the laudation of God. He will be clapping for us!
1 Peter 3:2-4 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
2 Peter 3:8-9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God is not tardy. He is not late. He is patiently waiting for all to receive the gift of his son.
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