“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
Having just made a proclamation about the fact that it was the Father’s deep love that caused Him to allow disciples to be called the “sons of God,” John here delves into what is known and what is unknown.
As obedient Christians, then and now, we know we are a child of God if we have been obedient to the gospel message, but we do not know exactly how we will appear at the resurrection and in the afterlife.
We do, however, know that our mortal body will be fashioned into a glorious resurrected body and that it will have the same kind of appearance that Jesus has. People once saw Jesus in His human body; but, at the time referred to in this verse, everyone shall see Him as He really is in His glorified state.
What an overpowering thought that should propel us to be diligent in our faithfulness to Him so that we will be able to behold Him someday.