“And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified” Romans 8:30
Todays Gospel Word – Glorification
Glorification is the ultimate and absolute physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perfection of all believers
“There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; for one star differs from another star in splendor. So it is with the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption; sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power; sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body” 1st Corinthians 15:41-44
The Hebrew word for “Glory” is kabod, which literally means “to be heavy”. It carries the idea of being weighted down with riches (Gen 31:1), power (Isa 8:7) and position (Gen 45:13). It can also refer to moral beauty (Ex 33:18-23).
The Greek word for Glory is doxo, meaning to “manifest an honorable opinion”.
Both words suggest the brightness and brilliance of supernatural light. Putting all this together it may suggest that the believers glorified body will be supernaturally enriched and empowered to serve God in an appointed position throughout eternity.
So, when does glorification take place? – It will begin at the coming of Christ the King and continue throughout eternity.
Listen to the words of 1st Cor 15: 51-55, ” Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”
Or even 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words”
The purpose of our glorification is rather logical and necessary as it completes the work of justification and sanctification. Look at it through this lens…
In the past, Christ The Prophet saved us from the penalty of sin through justification
In the present, Christ the Priest saves us from the power of sin through sanctification.
In the future, Christ the King shall save us from the presence of sin through glorification.
What will our glorified bodies look like?
*It will be a body like Christ’s – “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is” 1st John 3:2 and Philippians 3:21 “He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself”
*It Will Be a body of flesh and bone – “Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have” Luke 24:39
*It will be a recognizable body – “For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known” 1st Cor 13:12
*It will be a body in which the Spirit predominates – “sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body” 1st Cor 15:44
*It will be a body unlimited by time, gravity or space. On three occasions following His resurrection, our Lord defied all natural laws by suddenly appearing in and out of locked rooms to comfort His disciples (Luke 24:31, John 20:19, John 20:26)
*It will be an eternal body – “For we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands” 2nd Cor 5:1
So, there you have it. Glorification will take place concerning the redeemed! What a Gospel!
Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle