We Cooperate with Our Guarantee

New JerusalemRomans 9:23 tells us that God will “make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory.” Ultimately this glory will fill and radiate from New Jerusalem; unto glory implies unto New Jerusalem.

The Bible presents our involvement with God’s glory in two views. One view is a gradual process with the Triune God’s operation—the Father’s leading, the Son’s washing, and the Spirit’s transforming. This process requires our cooperation.

An example of our cooperation is in 1 Thessalonians 2:12. Paul told the believers that his care was “So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” On one hand God calls us into His glory. On the other hand we cooperate by walking worthily of this calling.

The other view is a completed fact, because the eternal God is not bound by time. An example is Romans 9 where God has prepared us before unto glory. Before what? Paul does not tell us what, so probably before means before everything, in eternity.

Another example of God’s eternal view is Romans 8:30, “Those whom He predestinated, these He also called; and those whom He called, these He also justified; and those whom He justified, these He also glorified.” We think of predestination as complete but think of glorification as our future. However, in God’s view we have already been glorified.

Conclusion: we need to cooperate with a proper Christian walk and by turning our heart to behold and reflect the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:16, 18). However, our glorification and our participation in New Jerusalem depend not on us but on the Triune God’s operation. God’s person and operation is our guarantee.

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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