Salvation from sin is wonderful, but it isn’t all God has in mind. Sprinkled throughout the New Testament is the word glory. I would like to show you that salvation from sin, while being unspeakably grand, is still only the doorway into something much more magnificent.
In the letter to the Romans we find a very familiar verse. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Right here in this short little verse we see sin caused our problem, and it stopped us short of the goal of glory. Once having dealt with the sin blockage; God can continue on toward finishing what he planned all along, and that is glory! “The Spirit testifies that we are sons of God and if we are sons (children) then we are heirs, we are heirs of God and Christ, if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” WooooHoooo!
The scripture tells us God’s plan is for “all of creation to be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” This tells us everything in all of creation is longing for God to usher in the glory that he had planned for us all along. I guess now having dealt with the sin problem we can get on with the program of glory. Well, you might say “this all sounds good, but when I look around it doesn’t appear to be coming about.” That’s why the word tells us “all of creation groans in anxious longing for the sons of God to be revealed.” It is as though all of creation is on its tiptoes in anticipation for the promised day of glory. While it may seem like it’s taking a long time we must trust God’s timing, and meanwhile we are learning to walk by faith and not by sight. We know what God has set out to do he will accomplish, therefore we wait with all of creation watching patiently while getting small glimpses of the glory to come.
In the first chapter of John we find out Jesus is God in the flesh and the writer says, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Elsewhere we discover Jesus is “the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.” He is the exact representation of the Father. He is the only means God the Father has provided for Glory.
How do we appropriate this glory you might ask? Do we get it by cleaning up our act? What about careful and thorough self examination? Does it occur by attending church services? Let’s look at what the scriptures tell us about entering into this glory. In 2 Corinthians the 3rd chapter Paul defines for us the differences between the Old Covenant of Law and the New Covenant of grace; by way of the Spirit. He tells of how Moses wore a veil while talking with the Children of Israel so they couldn’t see the glory on his face, from the Law, because it was fading. The New Covenant of the Spirit, on the other hand, is shining for all to see because it never fades. He says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
To answer the previous questions we say, there is nothing we can do, on our own, to clean our act up. Self examination is really a trap set by the enemy. There is nothing the enemy would like more than for us to spend our entire time navel gazing and focusing on ourselves. As long as we are staring at ourselves and trying to improve ourselves we keep our eyes off of Jesus. Even the enemy knows Jesus is the one who does it all. Our job is to keep our eyes on him, and God will transform us into the selfsame image. When I say keep our eyes on Jesus I mean we always remember we, as believers, now have Christ within, and he is the glory of God expressing himself through us. We no longer see ourselves as separate from Christ. We now see “Christ in us” and he is our “hope of Glory.”
Written by Louie