New Jerusalem is the Consummate Glory (3)

New Jerusalem is the consummation of everything positive in the Bible. Recent posts are on the consummation of glory. Here is a sampling of some verses on glory in epistles through Colossians; more in the next post.

New JerusalemIn Romans 3:23 we were sinners having no share in the glory. But we were justified through the redemption in Christ Jesus (v. 24). Now we can “boast because of the hope of the glory of God” (v. 5:2). This hope is solid; it is Christ in us, our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Our hope will be fully fulfilled in New Jerusalem, the city having the glory of God.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we are beholding (spiritually, not physically) the glory of the Lord. While we behold, the Spirit transforms us “from glory to glory,” developing in us the glory which will be manifested when the Lord returns and manifested even stronger in New Jerusalem.

In Ephesians 1:6, 12 what God is doing in us is to the praise of His glory. What He does is eternal and the praise will continue eternally. This is Ephesians 3:21—praise to God in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever.

In Philippians 3:21 Christ Jesus “will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory.” Transfiguration will complete and manifest the hidden transformation being carried out now. Thus we will match Christ Jesus for a harmonious display of glory in New Jerusalem.

Transfiguration is a matter of life, as in Colossians 3:4, “when Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.” Transformation and transfiguration are a life process corresponding with New Jerusalem as a city of life (Revelation 22:1-2), a city in resurrection.

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