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(A) Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. But since the people of this world did not know who Christ[a] is, they don't know who we are. My dear friends, we are already God's children, though what we will be hasn't yet been seen. But we do know when Christ returns, we will be like him, because we will see him as he truly is. This hope makes us keep ourselves holy, just as Christ[b] is holy.

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  1. 3.1 Christ: The Greek text has “he” and may refer to God.
  2. 3.3 Christ: The Greek text has “that one” and may refer to God.

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