“We know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” I John 3:2
To see God is to be like God, do you see the correlation? We will be like Him when we see Him as He is. This will happen fully when He appears, but should also be happening now, part by part, day by day. As we study His word we should be learning more and more about who He is, which, in turn, should be making us more and more into His image. This is one reason why it’s so important that we are ever renewing and upgrading our image of God, ever making sure we see Him as He is, getting rid of any false ideas. If we want to be like God, we must first see Him. The more we see Him clearly, the more we will be like God.
“What we think about God is the single most important thing in our spiritual journey. Our image of God will drive every single part of our life and declare how we show up in the world.” The Nature of God, Graham Cooke, p9.