In this world, we are like Jesus (1 Jn 4:17b).
But how can we be like Him with all of our bad habits and sinful mistakes?
God is spirit (John 4:24). He sees us with spiritual eyes. When we were spiritually dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1), He brought us to spiritual life, in His likeness (1 John 3:1), in the new birth. In that, He cleansed us (Jn 13:10, 15:3) and bestowed His light of life to us (2 Cor. 4:6) to bear His likeness and share with others.
If we could view with a spiritual infrared camera the true nature of souls all over the world, we would see two types of souls through our lens. Most would be dark inside, grayish or blackish in nature.
The other souls would be different, strikingly set apart (Ps. 4:3, Prov. 4:18). We would see illumination in them, a spark or flame of brightness within (Jn 8:12). Some would actually glow all over (Eph. 3:19). This is the light of Christ (Jn 1:4), the seal of the Holy Spirit. These souls are the purchased saints of God (Phil. 2:15).
This is how we are like Christ in the world:
The world is dark (Eph. 6:12).
We are in the world (Jn 17:16).
Christ is light (Jn 1:4).
He gave us His light (2 Cor. 4:6).
We carry it inside (2 Cor. 4:6).
Like flickering candles (Mark 4:21)
His light within illuminates (Phil. 2:15)
Everywhere we go (2 Cor. 2:15).
It casts out darkness (2 Cor. 4:6).
We are not of this world (Jn 18:36, Jn 17:16).
The world does not know the Father or His children (1 John 3:1).
We belong to the Father (Eph. 1:14).
He owns us (Eph. 1:14).
Our home is His home, heaven (2 Cor. 5:8)
In this world, we are like Christ (1 Jn 4:17b).
John 4:24 God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
1 John 4:17b In this world we are like Jesus.
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in trespasses and sins
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
John 1:4 In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.
John 8:12 Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Philippians 2:15 so that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness],
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the[Holy] Spirit who is from God
Mark 4:21 Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.
2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
John 13:10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Psalm 4:3 Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself
Ephesians 1:14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
Ephesians 3:19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.