God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:26) so that man could contain and express God*. In the types in Genesis 2, man could receive God as His content by eating of the tree of life. Man fell and was shut out from the tree of life (Gen. 3). Later Jesus Christ came to redeem mankind and thereby reopen the way to Himself as the real tree of life.
The apostle Paul had a strong desire for this expression. He tells us his “earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death” (Phil 1:20).
In the apostle’s suffering in his body, Christ was magnified, i.e., shown or declared to be great (without limitation), exalted, and extolled. The apostle’s sufferings afforded him opportunity to express Christ in His unlimited greatness.**
For Paul, to magnify Christ was his earnest expectation and to not magnify Christ was to be put to shame. Lord, grant me the same “earnest expectation” You put in Paul.
If Christ can be magnified by one believer, how much richer and larger will His magnification be in New Jerusalem? Lord, fill me with the desire to magnify You now as a foretaste of New Jerusalem.