Salvation 103: The Actualizational Future

13, July, 2012Posted by :Vicky Ng

Written by Vicky Ng, Art by Christine Hwang


stories-27“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)


X-men, Superman, Spider man, the Green hornet, Batman, Bionic Woman, you name it, they all possess super human power. They represent our dreams and wishes: to be more than what we are, to fly high and dive low, to have the ability to rescue those who are weak and beat down those who are proud, to be heros, to have others look up to us. However, before we become superheros we need to become human first, and in order to be human—to be the person that God always intended for us to be—it’s going to take a super power.


It takes super power to be a human. I am not referring to a physical power like flying or transforming into something extraordinary, I refer to the ability to restrain our inner power and exercise it in the right place and at the right time. It’s natural to want to be super, to grow in stature, to advance in knowledge, to contribute and to make a difference. That is our “stem” desire, placed in us by God to urge us forward to express our inner potential. What we reap is what we sow. Our fruits represent our character, and the choices we make in different life situations. Simply put, we need an inner restraint on our pride, greed, and lust while we unleash our talents to glorify Him. To do so, we need to be connected to our Creator, allowing Him to do an extreme makeover for us. That means, we need to grow inward and downward by staying put and anchoring our soul onto something unchangeable and eternal. Our “root” desire to feel secure, belonged and loved is God’s way to draw us closer to Him.


Many of us have not even mastered how to be human yet. As mentioned in the previous article, our re:creational presence molds us through all our present experiences into the image of Christ. Here “the image of Christ” does not refer to those supernatural abilities of healing and walking on water, rather, it is a reference to having a heart like Christ, compassionate, gentle and humble (Phillipians 2:3-8). In a nutshell, we are here to learn to love, to learn about God’s love for us, to learn to respond to His love, and to tell others about His love.


It’s because of love that God created us. It’s because of love that Jesus came to this earth and died for us. It’s love that brings us home, and finally it’s love that makes us be like Him. When the present recreating experiences get rough and difficult, hold onto love, because it never fails, it outlasts faith and hope (1 Corinthians 13: 8a, 13). Love is like the amniotic fluid that bathes and protects the fetus. It will help to bring us all the way to full term. When we are finally there, we shall see fully. For we shall see Him face to face. Meanwhile we may be Ugly Duckling to those who do not know Him, but one day we shall see Him face to face, and we shall be like Him!



If you missed the first or second parts of this fundamental series then check out Salvation 102: The Re:creational Present or Salvation 101: The Creational Past!

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Vicky Ng

Vicky Ng earned her doctoral degree in Physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University and was formerly an Assistant Professor in the Neurology department of the University of Southern California. She is now an adjunct faculty at multiple community colleges, where she teaches Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology. She also assists her husband, Lester, in serving at Cantonese Baptist Church of Los Angeles, and has two beautiful children, Phoebe and Philemon. She has contributed to multiple Christian journals and has published a book in Chinese entitled Heart Hatching: Self-Actualization in Christ (Tien Dao Publisher, Hong Kong, 2005).