God’s Glory in our Christian Life

Christ is lifeBeginning from Genesis 3, God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness prevented man from receiving eternal life. That separation persisted until Christ’s redemption. Now everyone who believes in Jesus Christ receives eternal life.

At the time of our salvation, God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness are reckoned to us.  This is positional. As we grow in salvation, these divine attributes gradually saturate our being. This is dispositional. (The prior post has an intro to positional and dispositional.)

Colossians 1:27 says that Christ in us is our “hope of glory.” From the moment of our salvation, we have Christ Himself as our sure promise of being glorified with Him. This will primarily occur when He returns, as stated in 2 Thessalonians 1:10 and Philippians 3:21.

In Hebrews 2:10 God is “leading many sons into glory.” Although the glory is not yet manifest, God is leading us in that direction. Furthermore, in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Paul tells us that he prayed, “that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” This implies that some glorification is taking place now.

Sometimes when Christians gather, each one is constrained by the love of the Lord and many are praising Him. In these times we have a sense of glory. Nothing is visible physically, but we have a strong sense of the Lord’s presence. This might be a preliminary experience of the coming glory.

The next post will look at the positional and dispositional aspects of holiness and righteousness in our Christian life. Eventually these divine qualities will be fully displayed in New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. In preparing the next post, I came to 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, as speaking oracles of God; if anyone ministers, as ministering out of the strength which God supplies; that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the might forever and ever.” It seems here that our speaking and ministering out of what God supplies manifests God’s glory. This would be in line with my paragraph above about glorification in Christian gatherings.

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