Do you bear any resemblance to Him here and now? Do I?
Titus 2:11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 Corinthians 15:49: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed (present tense) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Colossians 3:10: And have put on (past tense) the new man, which is renewed (present tense) in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
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.
Spurgeon on 1 John 1:6: Fellowship with Him.
When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such complete fellowship with Him, that we were made one with Him, and His interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with Christ in His love. What He loves we love. He loves the saints-so do we. He loves sinners-so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man, and pants to see earth*s deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord-so do we. We have fellowship with Him in His desires. He desires the glory of God-we also labour for the same. He desires that the saints may be with Him where He is-we desire to be with Him there too. He desires to drive out sin-behold we fight under His banner. He desires that His Father*s name may be loved and adored by all His creatures-we pray daily, *Let Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven.* We have fellowship with Christ in His sufferings. We are not nailed to the cross, nor do we die a cruel death, but when He is reproached, we are reproached; and a very sweet thing it is to be blamed for His sake, to be despised for following the Master, to have the world against us. The disciple should not be above His Lord. In our measure we commune with Him in His labours, ministering to men by the word of truth and by deeds of love. Our meat and our drink, like His, is to do the will of Him who hath sent us and to finish His work. We have also fellowship with Christ in His joys. We are happy in His happiness, we rejoice in His exaltation. Have you ever tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight to be known this side heaven than that of having Christ*s joy fulfilled in us, that our joy may be full. His glory awaits us to complete our fellowship, for His Church shall sit with him upon His throne, as His well-beloved bride and queen.