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"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world." -1 John 4:17
This confirms the finality of Christ's work on the cross. He is not saving us bit by bit but all at once and completely. This is not a metaphysical declaration of a work to come. The believer stands before the Father perfect in Christ. Certainly, the Holy Spirit continues to refine our obedience to the Father in the present but John's bold statement is, "as He is, so are we in THIS world." There is no greater proclamation of grace. We certainly do not desreve the holiness which we are draped in. And there is no greater calling to the saints than to walk worthy of this gift. Live out this truth - be "as He is."
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.