1 John 3:2

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beloued, now are we the sonnes of God, and it doeth not yet appeare, what wee shall be: but wee know, that when he shall appeare, we shall bee like him: for we shall see him as he is.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My loved ones, now we are children of God, and at present it is not clear what we are to be. We are certain that at his revelation we will be like him; for we will see him as he is.
- Basic English Bible

Beloved, now are we children of God, and what we shall be has not yet been manifested; we know that if it is manifested we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been fully revealed. We know that if Christ reappears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
- Weymouth Bible

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is.
- World English Bible

Moost dere britheren, now we ben the sones of God, and yit it apperide not, what we schulen be. We witen, that whanne he schal appere, we schulen be lijk hym, for we schulen se hym as he is.
- Wycliffe Bible

beloved, now, children of God are we, and it was not yet manifested what we shall be, and we have known that if he may be manifested, like him we shall be, because we shall see him as he is;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:2


3:2 It doth not yet appear - Even to ourselves. What we shall be - It is something ineffable, which will raise the children of God to be, in a manner, as God himself. But we know, in general, that when he, the Son of God, shall appear, we shall be like him - The glory of God penetrating our inmost substance. For we shall see him as he is - Manifestly, without a veil. And that sight will transform us into the same likeness.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:2


1Jo 3:2 Now are we the sons of God. Already we have the great privilege of being sons, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. Our future glory is not yet manifest. Even we ourselves cannot understand it. But we know that, when he shall appear. One glorious revelation has been made. At the coming of Christ we shall be like him. Then we shall be like him in body. See Php 3:21. We shall also be found morally in his image. For we shall see him as he is. To look upon him has power to change us into his glory. See 2Co 3:18.

Discussion for 1 John 3:2

  • Froilan salud for verse 2
    the verse is,as tweet garret says 'as it is ' or at is or it has its literal meaning.
  • Tweet Garrett for verse 2
    This is by farr my favorite verse in scripture. I qoute it all the time,because the verse is true. We can look at it which ever way we want but the verse is what it is.
  • Yes we will be like him when he shall appear, that's a revelation_and what we don't knw is not yet revealed.
    we shall be like him in glory,so let's rejoice for the revelation
  • Stephen for verse 2
    once we have received the spirit of God He begins the work on the inside to transform us to the image of Him, not the full power of the All mighty, but as it says in Genesis, God made man in his image. through sin, we became less than what we are meant to be.

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