Brethren, as we study through the New
Testament letters to the Christians we notice many recurrent themes. Besides the
admonition and correction found in the epistles, there is also Godly instruction,
encouragement, and doctrine for our edification and spiritual benefit. Yes, even
though these letters were written to the first century brethren, Jesus Christ has seen to
it that they have been preserved as Scripture for the saints living in the last days.
The meaning of the concept of being called unto glory” has been largely lost on our
generation. We need to familiarize ourselves with the Biblical meaning of the word
glory.” It is Paul who tells us in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 that God has
called us into His glory. What does that mean?
When you die, you go to heaven,” was
the common catchphrase that so many of us grew up hearing and believing. And when we
came to the knowledge of the truth we learned that heaven is not the reward of the saved.
We rejected the false heaven and eternal hell-fire hypothesis, but still, we
sometimes lacked a full appreciation of what it is that God has in store for those who
love Him. We try to picture what it will be like, reigning and ruling in the Kingdom
of God on earth for a thousand years – some probably conjure up an image of ruling with a
rod of iron as a king or powerful ruler might do (Revelation 5:10, 20:6, 19:15). As
spiritual kings and priests, our glorified state will carry the privilege and esteem of
receiving worship (Revelation 3:9, 5:10). And, only God is worthy of worship.
We cannot now imagine what it will be like to be a glorified being.
As it is written, eye has not
seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God
has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for
the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians
Where has God revealed the wonderful
things He has prepared for us? The answer, of course, is He has revealed them in His
Word – the Bible. When we are fully born into the Kingdom of God, we will become
glorified beings. Let’s consider what that means because almost no
one knows. We can get an idea of what glorified” means by looking at Biblical
examples. Even the prophets of the Old Testament had very little understanding of
how God’s dignity and glory would be in the resurrected saints.
God the Father is glorious beyond our
comprehension – the Bible uses terms like, excellent glory. [Jesus Christ]
received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him
from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
(2 Peter 1:17)
In the same way that God’s presence
makes something holy, God’s Holy Spirit within someone will make that person glorious.
God’s Spirit is in Christ, therefore, Paul could say of all true Christians, …
Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) Hope points
us to the resurrection. We are not yet glorified – that should go without saying.
"God has also sealed us, and given the earnest [pledge or security] of the
Spirit in our hearts." (2 Corinthians 1:22) That is because we are now only in
receipt of a measure of God’s Spirit – a token or pledge of what we will receive in
the resurrection. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall
see him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
Only a glorified being can look upon
Christ in all his glory and live. Not appreciating the magnificent brilliance
of God's abiding presence, Moses asked Christ to see His glory, And He said, Thou canst
not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
(Exodus 33:18, 20)
I reckon that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed
in us.” (Romans 8:18) God’s will is that we share in His Magnificent
"Called into His Glory"