March 01, 2004

The saint will have a purified character

We will one day be like Christ in His perfect holiness. When He is through with His work of progressive sanctification the Holy Spirit will leave no trace of sin in us. No object of temptation, without or within, will be able to touch us. The eyes of a thrice-holy God will not be able to detect anything blameworthy or sinful in us. God in His redeeming grace will have made us fit to dwell with a Holy God. That will bring glory to Him throughout eternity.

“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” (1 John 3:2, NASB 1995). We will be remade in the image of God, make like our divine Lord who is “the firstborn among many brethren.” What the apostle Paul says about the church is true of the Christian (Eph. 5:27; 2 Tim 2:10).