Christ Comes to be Glorified in His Saints

New JerusalemNew Jerusalem is a city “having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:11). Christ in us is our hope regarding this glory.

Colossians 3:4 says, “When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.” Today, because we have received Jesus Christ, we have been born of God (John 1:12-13). As a result, Christ is in us and is our life.

At present this is a life of faith, a mysterious life. However, Christ our life will be manifested and then we will be with Him in glory. This will be the fulfillment of Hebrews 2:10 which tells us that God is “leading many sons into glory.”

Second Thessalonians 1:10 says, “When He [our Lord Jesus Christ] comes to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all those who have believed (because our testimony to you was believed) in that day.” This corresponds to Philippians 3:21 which says that He “will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory.” Here He will be glorified in us by saturating our mortal body with glory.

I expect these two aspects of glory will continue into New Jerusalem. On one hand Christ will still be our life and we will be with Him in glory. On the other hand our body will remain in transfiguration and Christ will continue to be glorified in us. Hence in New Jerusalem we will be in glory, glory will be in us, and this glory will be fully manifested.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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