You are My children now, and you will be just like Jesus when He appears.
1 John 3:2 (WEB)
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be.
But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him;
for we will see him just as he is.
When Jesus returns, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. This Scripture tells us that at this point, we don't know what that will look like. All we know is that when we fix our eyes on Jesus, there will be a final transformation that will take place to conform us into His image completely.
While this promise gives us hope for the future, it also speaks directly into our present situation. The Apostle John encourages us that we are sons of God now! We do not have to wait until we see Jesus face to face to experience the tangible reality of being God's kids. We are His children now, and one day, we will see all of the human trappings of our flesh consumed in the fire of the presence of Jesus when we see him face to face.
But until then, we have an amazing promise that we are already the children of God right now! May each one of us be able to see with our spiritual eyes today that the promise of God is not only for the future, but for the present!