We shall see Him as He Is (Svenska/English/বাংলা)
We shall see Him as He Is
From 1st John: 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. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
We who believe in Jesus Christ are called children of God in the Bible. And when we receive Jesus and believe in Him, we are transformed in many ways, our inner person is born again. We go from death to life, we go from condemnation to forgiveness, from the Law of Moses to God’s grace, we go from this world to the Kingdom of God. All of this is already so amazing that we could stand here all day and speak only about this, we could thank God for the rest of this day for what God has done for us on the cross and inside of us through Jesus Christ living inside of us with His Holy Spirit. It’s amazing.
2 Corinthians says: Therefore, if anyone isin Christ, he isa new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we receive Jesus Christ, something new has come. It’s not just that we saythat we believe in Jesus, not a confession only with my lips, my whole life is changed, my inner person is changed, I think new thoughts, I have a new character and a love for the truth, and a love for Jesus. Yes, some sadly do only confess with their lips, there is no real conversion, no true change of their lives, but those who really believe in Jesus Christ are changed on the inside. The old things have passed away, because you have been born again by faith in Christ and you are now a new creation.
And even if this starts the day you receive Jesus, there is a change from day one, an instant change, it is also an ongoing process, and it will never be finished on this side of Eternity. But day by day, we will be made more and more like Jesus. And the more we spend our time with Jesus, in prayer or by reading the Bible, the more we are changed and more Christ like in our personality. It’s an amazing transformation, almost unbelievable, to be like Jesus.
Someone said: look at yourself and you will be confused, look at others and you will be in despair, but Look at Jesus and you will be changed.
The more you look at Jesus, the more you seek His Face, the more you will be made into His Image, the more you will be like Jesus in your personality. As believers in Christ we look at Jesus with our hearts, all the time. We don’t see Jesus all the time, but we still look at Jesus in our hearts. Even when I do other things, for instance speaking with you, Jesus is still on my mind, in my heart, and I look at Him. In my heart I think about Jesus almost all the time, and I think about Jesus with love in my heart.
2 Corinthians 3 says: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The more you look at Jesus the more you will be changed into the likeness of Christ. If you speak a lot about the Devil and his demons, which sadly many Christians do today all over the world, they are most of the time chasing demons, I truly believe that you will be drawn away from Jesus. It’s not good for you, and I strongly recommend you to not listen to preachers who do this, and sadly they are many today.
But When we turn to Jesus and look at Jesus, something will happen to us. I know it from my own life, but I can also tell you what I have seen in Bishnus life.
There is a picture in the house of Bishnus parents which is taken a few years ago. I love my brother Bishnu with all my heart, but honestly I must say that in that picture his face and eyes seem a little bit hard, at least that’s what I see. But now, Bishnus face is full of love, his eyes are kind, there is a sweetness and I believe it was not there before. It’s all by God’s grace, all the glory goes to Jesus Christ, but I see a change in Bishnus face. Something will happen to your personality when you believe in Jesus, and that will affect your eyes and your face also.
And just for you not to be jealous towards Bishnu, I can say that the sweet aroma of Jesus Christ is upon you in this church, thanks to God, and both me and sister Liliane see Jesus inside of you.
Jesus said: ask; and it shall be given. When you ask Jesus to fill you with His love, Jesus will fill you, He will give you of His Divine and Abundant love. Sometimes a big portion the first day, sometimes little by little day by day. And Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice, an act of will, and it’s also a school. No one is fulfilled in love except Jesus.
And Jesus also said: give, and it will be given to you! The more love you give, to Jesus and to people, the more love you will be given. Most people will return love with love, but some people might still meet you with anger, hatred or disrespect, even if you give them love. But when you give love to Jesus and to other people, Jesus will pour out even more of His love over you, because Jesus is good and a God full of love. Jesus will reward the acts of love that you do to Him and other people, and give you a heart of love, which is precious to Jesus.
Jesus is the most powerful person ever walking on earth, and still Jesus is so humble. But Jesus is also beautiful, and that beauty Jesus will give to us also, the more we walk with Him and love Him. And especially women want to be beautiful, so say to yourself every day that Jesus has made you beautiful, and that He makes you even more beautiful every day. And that beauty is inside of you.
1 Peter says: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
This is beautiful in my eyes, but especially in the Eyes of God. And this beauty can be seen even in the faces of elderly women in Christ. Their faces have a beauty because there is a radiance of Jesus from inside, their eyes and faces are shining, full of the Glory of Christ. There is nothing more beautiful in a woman than that!
But also men can have this beauty, even though men and women are a little bit different in some ways. But the humility and love of Jesus can also be inside of us men, and I believe that’s also beautiful.
Because What lives inside of you, in our case, Jesus Christ, the God of love, and the King full of both Majesty AND Humility, will affect your personality and life in a good way. You will be changed. You will be made more like Jesus Christ, that’s an amazing promise of the New Covenant. And when you are changed, you will influence others, affect their lives not only by what say, speaking about Jesus, but also they will sense that something has happened to you.
In my old life I was an soldier in the Swedish Special Forces, and a very good soldier who was in my group 1991, made new contact with me a few years ago. I am not ashamed of Jesus, but when I met him I was still a bit worried what he would say, but his words afterwards were: Konrad, it was good to see you again. You were still the same, but also different in some way, but in a positive way. Yes, when you receive Jesus Christ you will be changed, and it isa good and positive change!
I sometimes pray: Jesus, I give myself to You, and You can do whatever You what with me. You can do anything within me and through me, use me as You want. All I ask is to be Yours, to be close to You, and that You do something in my life that gives You glory. I believe Jesus will hear that kind of prayer, and Jesus will change you.
And this change it’s all by grace! We do nothing, the work is not ours, it’s Jesus’s work by the Holy Spirit inside of us. All we do is to pray, to follow Jesus, believe in and look at Him, and Jesus will change us.
The greatest blessing you can ever have in your life is to be closer to Jesus and to be more filled with Jesus. To be filled with joy and the power of the Holy Spirit, filled with the peace and grace of God, to have the glory of Christ round about you, and to have the love of Jesus inside of you. There is no greater treasure than that here on earth.
Ephesians say: blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. The spiritual blessings are the same thing as the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. The more you draw closer to Jesus, the more you will see this fruit inside of you.
And the more you die, die to your old self, the more you will have the life of Christ inside of you. Jesus said: I have come so they would have life, and life abundantly. That abundant life is in Heaven, but it’s also the Christ life inside of you.
Colossians says: For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who isour life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Our old nature is dead. Konrad is dead, but now a new Konrad lives. I look almost the same, but something is different inside of me, and you, because Jesus lives inside of us. And Jesus is our life, we love Jesus and live for Him. And when Jesus appears, we will also appear with Jesus and share His Glory. And Jesus is Coming soon, and you will share His glory, if you hold on. Don’t forget that!
1st Corinthians says: for now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to Face.
One day we will see Jesus face to Face, when we die or Jesus comes back, what an amazing promise and amazing grace. And then we will be fully transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Yes, we have already become new, but we have not yet fully become what we will be when Jesus comes back, when the children of God are fully transformed into the likeness and glory of Christ. one Day Jesus will be revealed, Jesus will come back, fully visible for everyone. I don’t know when, but it’s not far away now! And then we shall see Him as He Is. and this hope and faith in the Coming of Jesus Christ purifies us, because it puts our lives into the perspective of Eternity, and that will make us more sanctified. We realize that this life is not forever and it’s not the most important life either, because this life is short, but the coming life lasts forever.
As I have said I believe that some trials and suffering might be ahead of us before Jesus comes back, especially in the Western World. But we have a hope that will not be put to shame, because Jesus will come back and we will see a Him as He Is. Hold on to that hope, because Jesus will come back, and Jesus will give you the crown of Glory.
And then we will be given what ear has not heard, eye has not seen, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. What God has prepared for us is so far beyond our wildest expectations. To belong to Jesus is the best that can happen to you in this life, but in the next life, it’s far better. And it’s all by grace. We just believe in Jesus and love God, and it will be given to us. Amen.