Summary: To establish that at Christ's second appearance; we shall see Him as He is, and be like Him: in righteousness, purity, and glory. This lesson stresses that we are sons of God, pure in heart, and made righteous: just as He is, "through the faith of Christ Jesus."
2. Just as He is: Pure
1. This is lesson two in this sermon-series entitled: "Just as He is." John wrote: we shall see Him as He is, and be like Him, in glory and honor. This is solely possible because we are the sons of God. Christ's finished work of redemption: has made us sons through the Holy Spirit; and His work in the resurrection of Christ, 1 Peter 3:20-21.
2. In this lesson, we will discuss why, he who maintains their hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. John continues: "And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure," 1 John 3:3. The apostle speaks to the promise mentioned in the previous two verses. That is, we are children of God and, we shall see Him as He is and be like Him, when He returns for His saints.
With this brief introduction, let's consider the second point in this lesson-series, "Just as He is: Pure."
BODY OF LESSON
II JUST AS HE IS: PURE
A. John continued: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure," 1 John 3:3. What hope does he refer too in this verse? Quickly summarizing the previous point, which describes the manner of love the Father hath given unto His children. Observe--
1. The manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us is that:
a. We are the sons of God. We are the children of God; He is our Father and we are his children.
b. When He shall appear, we shall be like Him.
c. We shall see "Him as He is." But we know wrote John, of this glorious revelation which we have from Him. This we know for certain, that at His return, we shall be like him.
1) We shall be fashioned liken unto His glorious body, Philippians 3:21.
a) This body shall be sown in corruption; but, raised in incorruption, 1 Corinthians 15:42.
b) This body shall be sown in dishonor; but, raised in glory, 1 Corinthians 15:43.
c) This body shall be sown a natural body; but, raised a spiritual body, 1 Corinthians 15:44.
d) In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
2) This corruption must put on incorruption, 1 Corinthians 15:53a.
3) This mortality must put on immortality, 1 Corinthians 15:53b-56.
2. We shall be pure, "as He is pure." Every man, therefore, that hath this hope is led to follow in the steps of Christ, to be pure as he is pure. We must strive to live to be pure both in heart; and, as well as our walk of faith in Christ.
a. Jesus said: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," Matthew 5:8.
b. David wrote:
1) First, "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O, when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart," Psalms 101:2.
3) Lastly, "Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands; and a pure heart, who hath not lifted his soul: unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation," Psalms 24:3-5; Psalms 15:1-5.
NOTE: Illustrate, David's life, Samuel wrote: "And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore, when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him," 1 Samuel 18:14-15; 2 Samuel 8:15. When the saints behave wisely; the Lord is with them; and, the evil ones are afraid of them. Even the devil will flee from you, 1 Peter 5:8-9.
c. Peter wrote: "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently," 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22.
d. Paul wrote: "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works," Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 2:9-12. Consider--
1) The grace of God teaches us to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. As Christians, we must not just claim we are righteous because of our relationship to Christ; but, we must also live a life of righteousness before God and men. "That he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you," Titus 2:6-8; 1 Peter 3:15-16.