1 John 3:2a
2a Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be.
Christians’ present glorious right is that they are “the sons of God”. To be regarded by God as His children is an immense privilege of eternal proportions. It means that God Himself has chosen us to be in His family. The apostle John emphasises this present reality of our sonship in verse 1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God”. It is in love that God has called us His children.
In his Gospel, John has explained how we received this privilege of being God’s children. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). In other words, to all who receive the Son of God, Jesus Christ, by faith, divine authority is given to become children of God. We are able to receive Christ by faith only because God has bestowed upon us His love. As the apostle John has said, “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Our present reality of sonship assures us of God’s love towards us. We are loved by God today as His own children.
No matter how the world would treat us, God loves us as His dear children. No experience of hostility in this world can change the fact that we are God’s beloved children. Our being called as the children of God is a present reality. We can approach God at all times, as a child would run to his loving father. Paul says in Romans 8:15, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Paul further tells us in Galatians 4:6, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
Our present privilege of being God’s children is also a token of great and wondrous things that are yet to be our experience. John further says, “and it doth not yet appear what we shall be”. There are glorious and wondrous things that await every child of God, hence Paul’s declaration in expectancy as he faced death: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). Though the exact details of our glorious experiences in heaven are still a mystery, our glorification is, however, guaranteed (Romans 8:30; Colossians 3:4).