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WHAT WE ARE— WHAT WE SHALL BE

WHAT WE ARE— WHAT WE SHALL BE

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY WILLIAM HENRY BOOK



Text. — "Behold, what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God; therefore the world kcuoweth us not, be-
cause it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth 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. ' ' — 1 John 3 : 1, 2.
BY WILLIAM HENRY BOOK



Text. — "Behold, what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God; therefore the world kcuoweth us not, be-
cause it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth 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. ' ' — 1 John 3 : 1, 2.

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WHAT WE ARE— WHAT WE SHALL BEBY WILLIAM HERY BOOK Text. — "Behold, what manner of love the Fatherhath bestowed upon us, that we should be called thesons of God; therefore the world kcuoweth us not, be-cause it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sonsof God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall belike him ; for we shall see him as he is. ' ' — 1 John 3 : 1, 2.POS of God. — How did we become^ sons of God? By regeneration andby adoption. By his own will God begatus through the word of truth (Jas. 1: 18).We are the children of the Holy Spirit.We are the sons of God, not because wehave evolved into spiritual beings, butbecause we have received the engraftedWord of truth into our hearts. ThisWord has the germ of divine life. Wehave been born from above, and are there-fore miniature Christs, human saviors.Having received this Word of lifeinto our hearts, we have been made par-156WHAT WE ARE AD SHALL BEtakers of the divine nature. Peterthrows light on the subject when he says:11 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostleof Jesus Christ, to them that have ob-tained like precious faith with us through
 
the righteousness of God and our SaviourJesus Christ: grace and peace be multi-plied unto you through the knowledgeof God, and of Jesus our Lord, accord-ing as his divine power hath given untous all things that pertain unto life andgodliness, through the knowledge of himthat hath called us to glory and virtue;whereby are given unto us exceedinggreat and precious promises: that bythese ye might be partakers of the divinenature, having escaped the corruptionthat is in the world through lust" (2Pet. 1:1-4).We can not circumscribe or makebounds for the kingdom of heaven. Itis not something that was established inJerusalem and for a select few. It issomething established within the heartof the individual. Jesus startled his dis-ciples by telling them that the kingdomof heaven was within them. Paul tells157SERMOS FOR THE PEOPLEus that "the kingdom of God is not eat-ing and drinking, but righteousness andpeace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Andagain he says: "Whereof I was made aminister, according to the dispensationof God which was given me to you- ward,to fulfil the word of God, even the mys-tery which hath been hid for ages andgenerations: but now hath it been mani-fested to his saints, to whom God was
 
pleased to make known what is theriches of the glory of this mysteryamong the Gentiles, which is Christin you, the hope of glory: whom weproclaim, admonishing every man andteaching every man in all wisdom, thatwe may present every man perfect inChrist" (Col. 1:25-28).We reflect outwardly what we are in-wardly. Three men were standing onPike's Peak. One said: "If we had theimplements of war, we could make agreat fort here and it would be impossi-ble for the enemy to take it." One said:"If I had a pick and shovel and somedynamite, I could go into the earth andfind gold and silver." The other said:158WHAT WE ARE AD SHALL BE"If I had some paint and a canvas anda brush, I could paint a beautiful pic-ture." One man was thinking of warand blood, and he had to express it inhis words. One was thinking of money — gold and silver and profit and loss — and this is all he could see. The otherwas an artist, and he could see nothingin the surroundings but beauty andgrandeur. The man who worships hisfarm will talk corn, wheat, hogs andcattle; the one who lives for pleasurewill talk the dialect of the pleasure-seek-ing world.

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