Glorification for Glory in New Jerusalem

Glorification for glory in New JerusalemIn Revelation 21:10-11 John saw “the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” and in verse 23, “the glory of God illumined it [New Jerusalem]

Our participation in the glory of New Jerusalem depends on our glorification. This glorification comes forth from the salvation we have in Christ, as declared by 2 Timothy 2:10 “…the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Glorification is the goal of God’s plan for us, of His redemptive work, and of His salvation in life in us. In Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Here “good” is not material blessing nor anything in the physical realm; rather, it is the accomplishing of God’s goal. “His purpose” is amplified in verses 29-30 to include His foreknowledge, predestination, calling, and justification, leading to our conformation to the image of His Son and glorification.

If we love God, as mentioned in verse 28, we will give ourselves to Him, be occupied with His interests, and live one with His living in us. Father, draw me to love You, to care for Your desire, and to live to and with You more every day.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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  1. I appreciate your point about verse 28 being amplified and expounded in 29-30. I hear verse 28 quoted so often, but no one seems to know that the next verse starts with the work “Because”. Why do “all things work together for good”? “Because” He forknew and predestinated us to be conformed to the image of His Son. The “good” is the conforming to the image of the Son. It’s God’s purpose for the “all things” in verse 28.

    But I never realized the connection between those verses and the glory in the New Jerusalem! “The salvation which is in Jesus Christ with eternal glory.” The glory we receive from salvation becomes the glory of the New Jerusalem. Amen!

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    • Verse numbers are good for finding portions in the Bible but they have the side effect of chopping up our comprehension. Thank the Lord for “Because…”

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  2. what a thought! Salvation issues in glorification, and God’s purpose is not that we would only be saved but also glorified! Our being glorified is our becoming the New Jerusalem! Hallelujah!

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  3. How wonderful that our present salvation includes “eternal glory,” the glory that characterizes New Jerusalem.

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