Glorification Never Ends!

Sam Storms: When we refer to the believer’s ultimate “glorification” we are speaking of the transformation of our whole being: body, soul, spirit, will, mind, and affections, in which sin is eradicated and we are made like Jesus (see Phil. 3:20-21; 1 John 3:1-3). What I want to suggest is that there is a very real and important sense in which this glorification of all believers never ends. I don’t mean that our glorification will never be reversed, although that’s true. There will never be the slightest diminishing or regression or reversal or loss of the purity and holiness and likeness unto Jesus that we gain at the resurrection of our bodies. What I mean is that although glorification will happen in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, it will also eternally grow and expand. The condition of our body, soul, and spirit, although entirely free from sin as a result of the event of glorification, is not the

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Forward lies the crown

“In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown—and onward is the goal. Whether it is for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love—the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith. Looking into the future, the Christian sees sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, the soul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of eternal glory. Looking further yet, the believer’s enlightened eye can see death’s river passed. He sees himself enter within the pearly gates, hailed as more than conqueror, crowned by the hand of Christ, embraced in the arms of Jesus, glorified with Him, and made to sit together with Him on His throne.” —Charles Spurgeon, “The Grand Object of the Eye of Faith” (HT: Of First Importance)

We Will Be Glorified for the Glory of God

From John Piper: Someday, at the coming of the Lord Jesus, all who are in Christ will be glorified. Those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:30) The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21) That is, we will be glorious. The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matthew 13:43) But our glory will not be our own but the glory of Christ who is the image of God. We will be glorified with his glory. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14) The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. (Isaiah 60:19) The result of our being glorious with the glory of God is that in the end God will be glorified by our glorification. Your people

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Glorification Now?

From John Piper: Have you ever wondered why “sanctification” is missing from this golden chain in Romans 8:29-30? Those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he alsojustified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Foreknown, predestined, called, justified, __________, glorified. Shouldn’t “sanctified” fill in that blank space? Romans 6:22 says that believers receive “sanctification and its end, eternal life.” And 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says that we are “saved, through sanctification by the Spirit.” The answer is, no, “sanctification” does not belong in space because it is included in “glorified.” In Paul’s mind the process called sanctification in this life—the process of transformation from one degree of holiness to the next—is the first stage of glorification. He says, We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the

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