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What does it mean in 1 John 3:2 that "when He appears we shall be like Him?"

Are we not a little like him as we are now? 

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Athough Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit even in this life and world, I interpret John's words as meaning that, at the time of the visible return of Christ at the close of the present age, Christians will be resurrected and given a glorified, immortal body that is no longer subject to aging, deterioration, or death, but that will be like the glorified body that Jesus possessed following His resurrection (and that He continues to possess for all eternity).

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Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
We are like Jesus now in many different ways. Why? Because when we put our faith in him, God made us into a new creation, a brand new person, to display the image of Christ in us.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Here are a few examples how we are like Jesus now.

1. We are a dearly loved child of God
At Jesus’ baptism, God said "This is my Son whom I love; with him I am well pleased". (Matthew 3:17). At Jesus transfiguration God said the same thing, but added "Listen to Him!" (Matthew 17:5).

Now God declares to the whole world about every Christian, "This is my adopted Son/Daughter, who I love; with him/her I am well pleased. Listen to them!"

2. We share the same ministry to bring the kingdom of God
Jesus said the kingdom is here, the kingdom is near, soon the kingdom will be in you. (Mark 4:11) Jesus gave us the Great Commission to continue his mission of proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus gave us the keys to his kingdom, to set the captives free and bring the grace and mercy of God (Matthew 16:19). Jesus made us the ambassadors of his kingdom to represent him on the earth. (2 Corinthians 5:20).

3. We share the same power and authority for ministry
Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure, with the wisdom to know the will of God perfectly and the power to carry it out with miracles, signs and wonders every day of his ministry.

Jesus has given us his Holy Spirit, with limited measure based on our faith, and the Holy Spirit also reveals the wisdom to know the will of God and to use the Spiritual Gifts he has given each Christian to minister to other people, to deliver the grace of God to them in its many different forms. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).

When Jesus comes again, our human bodies will be resurrected from the dead, and transformed to be like Jesus' glorious new body. We read about this transformation in 1 Corinthians 15:1-58. However, we get a glimpse at what our bodies will be like from Jesus' appearances with his disciples, after his resurrection, but before his ascension to heaven.

1. Jesus was recognisable by his disciples
We Jesus appeared to Mary she recognised his voice. (John 20:15-17). Later in the upper room, his disciples recognised him. (John 20:19-20). 

2. Jesus’ glorious body had a physical substance
Jesus’ body was physical and the disciples could touch him. Thomas had to touch his hands and side before he would believe. (John 20:24-29)

3. Jesus’ glorious body enabled him to walk through locked doors
When Jesus came to the upper room where his disciples were staying, he walked through the locked door to appear before them. (John 20:19)

4. Jesus’ glorious body could enjoy a meal with his friends
Jesus appeared to his disciples while they were fishing. He guided them to a catch of fish. Jesus had prepared bread and cooked fish waiting for them on shore, and invited them to join him for breakfast (John 21:4-14)

The bible also declares that our glorious new bodies will be like the bodies of the angels. We have lots of examples from the scriptures of what angels bodies look like and what they are capable of doing. (Matthew 22:20) (Luke 20:35-36).

Our transformation into the likeness of Jesus will be completed at his second coming.

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