As He Is, So We Are

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world – 1 Jn. 4.17.

The beginning of our Christian experience according to John was the gift of the power to become sons of God. If no other portion of the scripture was written to expatiate on this, we would have been locked, as we think, to a state far away from God’s transcedence; a state that we can only escape bye and bye.

That power works in us now, not just to reveal Christ in us, but to do the same through us. He came to this world and “… became what we are that he might make us what he is” (Athenasius of Alexandria).

The love of God is perfected to us in that as His beloved “…now are we the sons of God…” because as he is, so are we in this world. What a glorious basis for boldness when we shall appear before Him.

Let this mind be in you.