Tuesday, November 29, 2005

We are like Him


I have a friend who's in the hospital suddenly. Yesterday when I prayed about this, the passage from I John came to mind:

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.

--I John 3:1-3

This passage is read at the end of every Christian Science Sunday church service, as a correlation to the scientific statement of being.


Yesterday, the Bible passage just rang in my thinking. "Now are we the sons of God." "We shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." "Every man…purifieth himself, even as he is pure."


To me, it's talking about reflection. We not only see Him, but we are like Him. The image and likeness. Of God, the Divine, the Holy Spirit, infinite Love, all knowing Mind.


The writer says "Now," meaning this is all available to us now, we just need to see it. To me, the "shall be's" are not about the future, but about increasing our skill at seeing. He shall appear to us as soon as we're ready to see Him. This happens increasingly every day; it's not some far-off future time. At least not to me.


So when I think of my friend in the hospital, I'm striving to see him as reflecting Him. I thought of the passage this way:


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we are indeed the creations of God. The material world doesn't see who we really are, because it can't see Him. Beloved, now are we the sons and daughters of God, and although it doth not yet appear to us what that really means, we know that, when we do see Him, we'll find that we ourselves are like Him; for in seeing Him, we see ourselves. And every one of us that strives for this seeing perfecteth himself, even as He is perfect.


It's still resonating with me. Today's a day of seeing as God sees.


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2 Comments:

At 11/29/2005 09:34:00 PM, Anonymous franklin said...

Great subject verse!!

this is as good a definition of being born again as one could ever find.

 
At 11/29/2005 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous Rev. Veronika Birken said...

Your friend is not really in hospital; he is in God's tender care, meaning that "He maintains His image and likeness." This is not a maintance job like we might think but a maintaining of perfection. The real Self is the original - the Christ and one with His Creator. Mortal belief makes up lots of stories to oppose God's perfection. But it is still only stories/dreams.
Bless! Veronika

 

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