New Jerusalem is an Answer to Prayer

Our Lord’s prayer to the Father in John 17 begins, “Father…glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.” This prayer is answered in three stages. First, the Son was glorified in resurrection. In Luke 24:26 He asked the disciples, “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then, in verse 46 “He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise up from the dead on the third day.” Comparing these two statements, we see that when Christ rose from the dead He entered into glory, He was glorified.

His glorification was the release of the divine life. This released life entered into all of us, thereby regenerating us. First Peter 1:3 declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who…has regenerated us…through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” When we live by the life we received in regeneration, men “may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens” (Matthew 5:16). Furthermore, this life transforms our inner being “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) so that, “with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6). Here we see the Father glorified through the church. This is the second stage answer to the prayer in John 17.

The third stage answer to the prayer is New Jerusalem. John saw “the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:10-11). Here the Father is glorified in the Son, with Their chosen people from all the ages, in the fullest way for eternity.

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