Two Aspects of Glorification for New Jerusalem

Glorification for New JerusalemNew Jerusalem possesses the glory of God—“the holy city, Jerusalem…having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:10-11) and “the glory of God illumined it” [New Jerusalem] (v. 21:23). This glory is surely of the Triune God. However, this glory is not limited to the Triune God. Rather, God has brought all His people into participation in this glory. There are two aspects to our participation.

First, Hebrews 2:10 declares that God through Christ is “leading many sons into glory.” He is leading us into New Jerusalem, an eternal realm of glory. Second, He is developing this glory within us. Second Thessalonians 1:8-10 declares that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming “to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed.” The Lord’s glory will have developed in us to such an extent by the time of His return that it will become visible through us to unbelievers. The end of Philippians 3 says that at our Lord’s return, our fallen physical body will be transfigured “to be conformed to the body of His glory.” This transfiguration is resurrection life overcoming all the sin and death in our bodies.

All God’s people in New Jerusalem will be in the realm of glory. In addition, the glory will be expressed through us corporately. The glory of the Triune God will radiate from the throne and also from His presence in every person constituted into New Jerusalem. This will be the ultimate realization of His being glorified in His saints.

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  1. Regarding the first aspect, what does it mean to be led into glory? Is that an outward leading, or is it also inward just like the second aspect?

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  2. When I drafted this post I called being led into glory the objective or positional aspect of glorification and Christ being glorified in us subjective and experiential. I am comfortable with the second but I was hesitant about the first, so I rewrote that paragraph. If my sense was correct, it suggests that the leading is not only outward.
    Heb. 2:10 says that the Father is leading many sons. Verse 11 continues “For both He who sanctifies [Christ] and those who are being sanctified [all of us] are all of One [the Father]”. This verse is clearly experiential and – beginning with “for” – is given as an explanation or elaboration of v. 10. This more definitely suggests that the leading is not only outward.

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