“….BECAUSE IN THIS WORLD WE ARE LIKE HIM” 1 John 4:17
This is such a challengingly verse because it’s all about our transformation. Our salvation is not just about having our sins forgiven and then going into survival mode living to eventually get into heaven. The very power of the Gospel is that we are being transformed into the image of Jesus to become more like Jesus here on earth. He is putting heaven into us. We are have become partakers of his divine nature and His very nature in us His producing His very live and likeness in us. We are daily dying to ourselves and letting His very life to manifest in us.
We are to count ourselves dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus Christ in righteousness That means we are dead to the realm and rule and reign of sin and have been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness and planted into the kingdom of light and His dear son. The question is are we aware of this. Do we have a revelation of this? We are called to act and walk like Jesus walked on the earth in how he loved. Jesus never walked around depressed, anxious, and full of worry and fear and lashing out at everyone and irritable. He now lives in us. To the degree we let His life be manifest in us moment by moment the more we will be like Him. A tall order indeed. One of the biggest issues is our own unbelief and just the lack of realization how powerful and complete is the Gospel and our salvation. We have become a completely new creation in Christ.