Today we are praying for the country of Brazil. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the sermon or devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
The second doctrine John unveils for us in this text is the doctrine of Glorification. Consider verse 2: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” As we struggle with the world, the flesh, and the devil, we often find ourselves less like our Father than we would like. John promises us that one day however, this old flesh will fall off and we will receive glorified bodies and will be like Him!
Take some time to consider Romans 8:18-30. Meditate on the promises of this text and rejoice in the reality that God has not only adopted us into His family, but He has promised to complete the work by glorifying us at His coming. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “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 from the Lord, the Spirit.” We are being transformed right now as God’s adopted children. We are not perfect. We are not glorified currently, but we are on our way and victory is guaranteed. Philippians 3:20-21 says, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
John not only introduces us to the doctrine of adoption and glorification, but he reminds us of the doctrine of sanctification in verse 3. “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” We are adopted first and glorified last, and in the meantime we are sanctified. If our hope is fixed on being glorified, being made like Jesus, we will strive to purify ourselves in the present. We will be sanctified. Wayne Grudem defined sanctification as “a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.” We have a role in sanctification. God has a role in sanctification. This process of being purified is a process in which we co-labor with God! We will see how this fleshes out next time. Until then….
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