Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 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. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:1–3
The manner of love spoken of in these verses is something more than the general love of John 3:16. There it is love for the world. Here it is the Father’s love for His own children. He will never be fully satisfied until He has them all in glory with Himself. Now they are living in a scene where failure and temptations abound. When the Lord Jesus returns again they will be translated into His blessed image—to be like Him physically and spiritually, and to dwell with Him and all the redeemed in the Father’s house forever. With such an expectation controlling us we should become more and more like Him as the days of waiting go by.
Now with this hope to cheer us,
And with the Spirit’s seal,
That all our sins are pardoned,
By Him whose stripes did heal,
As strangers and as pilgrims,
No place on earth we own,
But wait and watch as children,
Until our Lord shall come.
H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 358.