And if this is so there is hope. Those so born can make but a pitiful fight of it here; at their very best they can attain very little, and they are swept so lightly down the dark waters of crime and sorrow. This glorious sight will perfect our likeness.2. The manner of our seeing God in this life is either by a long train of consequences, by climbing up gradually from the effects to the cause, from the things that are made to the invisible things of the Maker, even His eternal power and Godhead; or by way of eminence, by inferring that the perfections we see in the creatures must of necessity centre all more eminently in the Creator; or negatively, by denying everything of God we conceive unbecoming the Divine nature, for at present we rather know what God is not than what He is; or else we see Him by faith, by believing upon the testimony He has given us of Himself by Moses and the prophets, Christ and His apostles. That was almost the only revelation to which he gave much heed; the effect of it was the only spiritual effect of which he was conscious. 2. This glorious sight will perfect our likeness.2. The deep mental impressions of the mother often infix themselves legibly upon the young life she brings into the world. H. Suddenly the wind has blown away the mist from under you, and you have seen the fair, fair valley. And what is the result of our expectation of these things if we really entertain the expectation? The hints, the glimpses of the glory which is to follow, the beginning, the omen, the voice — all are here close about us in human nature trod in flesh and blood. We shall never see our Saviour under His Father's displeasure; but we shall see Him honoured by His Father's smile. thou shalt "see Him," but not nigh; thou shalt be driven from His presence. We call it then a diamond. R. Cocke, D. D.Loved ones, now are we the children (τέκνα) of God. He can read St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, etc., and the books of dead ministers, but if they were alive to tell him if this be the Word of God then thou art a damned man, they would not be loved. Secondly, assimilation or transformation into the image of God and Christ.1. THIS CHANGE IS PREPARATORY TO ANOTHER IN A FUTURE STATE OF EXISTENCE. To believe in future change is very different from believing in past change. The one would have been astonishment, and horror would have succeeded it; but when we see Jesus as He is it will be astonishment without horror. (2)He will be manifest in perfect happiness. who can imagine it? Thus I am summoned to new exercises of my nature. We are even now in conditions in which we are being attracted more or less swiftly into the image of Christ's spiritual loveliness, but ere long we shall be attracted into conformity to the unknown splendour which invests the humanity enshrined and enthroned in the highest heaven.5. Perhaps I have not shown clearly enough the difference between the two visions — the sight of what He was and what He is. The inconceivable greatness of this future happiness, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be.". THE POSITIVE NATURE OF VISION. Keywords. God may yet do great things with them, so long as He can secure in them some seed of future life.3. This is not the land of sight; it is too dark a country to see Him, and our eyes are not good enough. If so, "we shall see Him as He is." The wondrous changes since infancy, with the development of hidden powers, do not effectually teach us that changes as great await us, or may be achieved. if we ever should be sundered from those we love so dearly when the last day of account shall come! John Piper May 24, 2009 2K Shares Sermon. She had seen Christ. Thus these great hopes that enfold the world are yours and mine; we can take them into the secrecy of our sorrowing hearts, into our disappointed lives, into the vanishing away of our strength and years, and through them claim and find a place in the world of joy and peace.(T. The manner of our seeing God in this life is either by a long train of consequences, by climbing up gradually from the effects to the cause, from the things that are made to the invisible things of the Maker, even His eternal power and Godhead; or by way of eminence, by inferring that the perfections we see in the creatures must of necessity centre all more eminently in the Creator; or negatively, by denying everything of God we conceive unbecoming the Divine nature, for at present we rather know what God is not than what He is; or else we see Him by faith, by believing upon the testimony He has given us of Himself by Moses and the prophets, Christ and His apostles. we shall know Him well enough when we see Him. So we shall feel awe when we see Christ on His throne; but it will be awe without fear. This being the case, he hates the being of the Word in his understanding (Job 21:14). Sam Storms - the assurance of salvation (1Jn 3:19-20-note) issues in a confident and fruitful prayer life for those who are obedient - 1Jn 3:21-23… Simply put, as long as doubt or misgiving reigns in our hearts, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to boldly … If the broken gleams of Christ's life, the fragments of His tradition, the piecemeal presentation of His character and personality to the world by His followers, can effect such sublime changes amongst men, how much richer will be the transfigurations effected by His direct personal manifestation at His second coming "without spot unto salvation"? We may be sure that God has not put all the wonders of His creation into our early physical life, and left the moral life bare and fixed. It is to act up to the dignity of our nature as made in the image of God, rational and immortal beings; is to look beyond the scenes of earth and time to those invisible realities which the Word of God presents for our consideration, and prepare to meet them; it is to love, reverence and serve the great Being who holds our destiny in His hand.2. The hints, the glimpses of the glory which is to follow, the beginning, the omen, the voice — all are here close about us in human nature trod in flesh and blood. "It doth not yet appear," etc.(R. In some sense there has been a manifestation through the life of Jesus Christ. It sets before us the duty of ourselves striving to make these changes. If we could see Jesus as He was, we should see Him with great awe. "Oh, blessed vision!" An illustration somewhat resembling that with which I started, must serve me to place this part of our subject before you. (2) In the first transfiguration the Spirit is the agent of the change; in the second the ministry of the Spirit is superseded, or at least falls into the background. We call it then a diamond. Man has a capacity for endless progress in knowledge. Holiness now is clothed with beauty. Paul makes very much of this, and I suppose that if our hearts were right we should make very much of this. You may trust the believer for knowing his Master when he finds Him. If so, "we shall see Him as He is." There is rapture in devotion. The angels, which have not bodies, are said to behold the face of our heavenly Father (Matthew 18:10); and when we are said to see God, it is not meant of the bodily eye, for a spirit cannot be seen with bodily eyes; so He is still the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). And the law holds in human life. (1) The first transformation is brought to pass by contemplating the reflected image of Christ; the second, by contemplating the direct glory of His essential nature. Something is already accomplished; an effect is secured. I begin with the perfection of our knowledge. But, Christians, there will be no hidings of faces in heaven! A Syrian shepherd, by putting peeled rods of hazel before his flocks and herds in the breeding season, found that he could almost mark at will the skins and fleeces of the unborn young. The moulding forces of society tend to bring men into conformity with ruling types rather than to make them separatists. I see no reason to doubt this — that great changes are still to go on in us under the transforming power of Christ. The premonitions of our future are afforded by the nature of —(1) Our present states. The chrysalis is no longer affected by the colour of its surroundings when it reaches the last stages of its development. "WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM." Its first work is to lift us out of the order of nature where character tends simply to solidify and habits become fixed, and to carry us into another sort of world. Thou hast had many years of fighting, and trying, and trouble: if thou ever dost "see Him as He is," that will pay for all. They are neither ashamed nor fearful. Things are placed in a course of progression even now.II. Crown Him!" "For we shall see Him as He is." But, Christians, there will be no hidings of faces in heaven! Come, let us divide that "we" into "I's." "When Christ," he says, "is manifested," i.e., in His resurrection glory, "we shall see Him as He is." (1) In holiness and purity; for that is the chief thing wherein God will be resembled by His creatures. We are even now in conditions in which we are being attracted more or less swiftly into the image of Christ's spiritual loveliness, but ere long we shall be attracted into conformity to the unknown splendour which invests the humanity enshrined and enthroned in the highest heaven.5. We should have feared lest He might not overcome. A new creation; born again; a son of God; transformed — these phrases are too weak to express it. This is not the land of sight; it is too dark a country to see Him, and our eyes are not good enough. And in the spiritual realm this fact has its counterpart. Regeneration means, not that we are to be developed, but that we are to be changed, to live in other ways, with other motives and for other ends. It is the unborn babe which is responsive to the image presented to the brain of the mother, rather than the mother herself. 'It was not her own look that was in her face. Let me go into the mint house and see heaps of gold, and I am never the richer; let me go to the pictures and see goodly faces, I am never the fairer; let me go to the court, where I see state and magnificence, and I am never the greater; but oh, Saviour! To others a great teacher and nothing more. We are even now in conditions in which we are being attracted more or less swiftly into the image of Christ's spiritual loveliness, but ere long we shall be attracted into conformity to the unknown splendour which invests the humanity enshrined and enthroned in the highest heaven.5. "It doth not yet appear," etc.(R. They are wholly unacquainted with the means by which they shall perceive either material or spiritual objects, after they have lost their bodily senses. It is the unborn babe which is responsive to the image presented to the brain of the mother, rather than the mother herself. It is the unborn babe which is responsive to the image presented to the brain of the mother, rather than the mother herself. Those so born can make but a pitiful fight of it here; at their very best they can attain very little, and they are swept so lightly down the dark waters of crime and sorrow. We shall not see the Christ wrestling with pain, but Christ as a conqueror. H. That was almost the only revelation to which he gave much heed; the effect of it was the only spiritual effect of which he was conscious. I can see Thee here through symbols; if the eye of my faith be dim, yet it is sure. Oh! We shall never see our Saviour under His Father's displeasure; but we shall see Him honoured by His Father's smile. On it was peace, and a smile, with her lips parted; but that was not all. They hate it because —. )The two transfigurationsT. (2) A warring and waiting condition like the present would not be a fit opportunity for unveiling. Holiness now is clothed with beauty. We are even now in conditions in which we are being attracted more or less swiftly into the image of Christ's spiritual loveliness, but ere long we shall be attracted into conformity to the unknown splendour which invests the humanity enshrined and enthroned in the highest heaven.5. And thou, who hast come to middle age, struggling with the toils of life, mixed up with all its battles, enduring its ills, thou art asking, it may be, shalt thou see Him? Quick as the kindling of light His exalted humanity will implant itself in us. We shall then be as manifested and as clearly seen as He will be. But when in place of travelling back I would spring forward, when I would contemplate the majesty of a Being administering the business of the universe, and drawing in from every spot an infinite source of revenue, teeming with honour, and flashing with glory — oh! Ruskin, in his "Modern Painters," tells that the black mud or slime from a footpath in the outskirts of a manufacturing town — the absolute type of impurity — is composed of four elements — clay, mixed with soot, a little sand, and water. And yet these natural changes in the past ought to teach us that as great changes may await us in the future, and also that there may be spiritual changes and developments corresponding to the physical changes. But then we shall see Him closely; we shall see Him face to face; as a man talketh with his friend, even so shall we then talk with Jesus.5. If any person rejects and loathes the light, the fault is in the eye of the soul, which is manifestly diseased. H. And then there is the future to look forward to — the future kingdom — the future glory, upon which we shall have one day to enter with Christ. Use this beautiful custom verse art picture on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. We are His children even now. This glorious sight will perfect our likeness. We shall never see our Saviour under His Father's displeasure; but we shall see Him honoured by His Father's smile. Both the earthly and the heavenly transfigurations rest upon a common act of contemplation. Let us give ourselves to this thought for awhile. "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour." "The carnal mind is enmity against God." At present we are muffled up in various disguises. But then, seeing everything in God, we shall be affected only as God is affected; we shall love one another for our relation and likeness to Him only, and as we are members of Christ united and informed by the same Spirit, which will be both the bond of our union and the cause of our love. Something is already accomplished; an effect is secured. But then we shall see Him closely; we shall see Him face to face; as a man talketh with his friend, even so shall we then talk with Jesus.5. The moulding forces of society tend to bring men into conformity with ruling types rather than to make them separatists. The soot becomes the hardest thing in the world, and for the blackness it had obtains the power of reflecting all the rays of the sun at once in the vividest blaze that any solid thing can shoot. If selfish or lustful or proud, these qualities tend simply to go on and harden into fixed form. If we had seen Him raising the dead we should have thought Him a most majestic Being. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Our political fabric is to us precious and sacred. "For we shall see Him as He is." Preacher: Jeff Vanderstelt Series: Question Everything Topic: Hard Questions Passage: John 3:16–3:21, John 6:22–6:59 Listen Downloads But the infinite future lies before us: "It doth not yet appear." Our minds often revert to Christ as He was, and as such we have desired to see Him. It is not easy to realise that we shall ever be much different from what we are at present — that we shall become wiser, that we shall feel older, that we shall hold other opinions, that we shall develop new powers. Ah! The one would have been astonishment, and horror would have succeeded it; but when we see Jesus as He is it will be astonishment without horror. Here holy principle is imbibed and holy habit formed; but the scope and aim are always prospective. (1) The first transformation is brought to pass by contemplating the reflected image of Christ; the second, by contemplating the direct glory of His essential nature. We notice —I. )What we shall beCanon Scott Holland.Surely a wholly new interest creeps over this poor human world of ours if we once see in it the germ of possibility, the suggestion of all we shall be hereafter. (2)His Deity was concealed in infirmity. 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