Christ in Us, the Hope of Glory

Revelation 21:10 says that the holy city, Jerusalem has the glory of God. God is the God of glory (Acts 7:2). Through incarnation, the glory of God entered into the man Jesus. John tells us “we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father” (John 1:14) and Peter says “we became eyewitnesses of that One’s majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). That was the stage of one God-man expresssing the glory of God. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God is expanding His expression from one man to a corporate human expression of His glory, an expression which culminates in New Jerusalem.

For His corporate expression, God is “leading many sons into glory” (Hebrews 2:10). This leading into glory is not merely outward, not merely bringing former sinners into a realm of glory. Rather, God is inwardly saturating us with His glory. The prior post spoke about our “being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). This transformation results in our glorification (Romans 8:30).

Our glorification is not the glorification of our natural man, the man of our first birth. There is no glory in Adam because God is not in Adam. Our glorification comes from our second birth. By this birth, God made us His sons, Christ came into us, and He is now our hope of glory within us (Colossians 1:27). Soon He will return openly “to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:10). Today, some glory is visible to those whose hearts are open. At the Lord’s return the glory of the Triune God will be manifested to everyone (Luke 21:27). In New Jerusalem the Triune God will be glorified to a greater extent in all His people and the surrounding nations will marvel at this glorious corporate expression.

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