1 John 3:1,2  AMP. 


KJV ... Behold, what manner of Love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God: therefore the world knoweth us  not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons (children) of God, and it does  not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.  

AMP. ... See what an incredible quality of Love the Father has given ... shown, bestowed on ... us that we should be permitted to be  named and called and counted the children of God!  And we are!  The reason that the world does not know, recognize, acknowledge us is that it doesn't know, recognize, acknowledge Him.  Beloved, we are even here and  now God's children: it is not yet disclosed ... made clear ... what we shall be hereafter, but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall, as God's children, resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He really is.  

NLT ... See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children and that is what we are!  But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know Him.  Dear friends, we are already God's children, but He hasn't yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears.  But we do know that we will be like Him for we will see Him as He really is.  

THE MESSAGE ... What marvelous love the Father has extended to us.  Just look at it!  We are called children of God!  That's who we really are.  But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea of Who He is or what He's up to. That's exactly who we are: children of God, and that's ONLY THE BEGINNING!


 Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler  


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