by Wendy Wippel
One verse that has stumped me since pretty much the first week I belonged to Jesus is I John 3:2. “We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” I’ve been working on what that methodology would look like for 40 years. Finally, (Eureka!) I figured something out. It’s not as much procedural as it is personal.
What we are now, as Christ- followers, is, according to John, God’s children. And what we will be when this transformation happens is something that has not been revealed.
Which is unusual, actually, because as Christ-followers much more was revealed to John’s audience (and us) than had been revealed to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament era. To the nation of Israel God spoke out of the smoke and from dark clouds.
And that one time from a burning bush. Paul described the difference in Christ in Second Corinthians 3:14-18:
For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Despite the revelation we have received, as the church, the Greek makes it clear, we the church have been the precious little detail about the event. In Greek, “It hat not yet at any time been visibly manifested what we will be. We’re a first.”
There have been multiple raptures already, actually. But this rapture—one that includes our translation into the spitting image of Jesus– is a first. Body, mind, and spirit.
But now God speaks through Christ. And His appearing will be the agent of full spiritual maturity, complete with a spiritual body.
Which will happen, according to the last few verses of I John 2, at His coming. Specifically, when He returns for His bride, the church.
But we still don’t know what, exactly, that will look like. Or what, exactly, the agent of change might be…
Source: The Omega Letter