The Glorification of the Believer

In the mind of God we are already seen as glorified in heaven [Rom. 8:30], yet it something to be hoped for, to be revealed and obtained in the future. We know that the glorification of the believer happens at the resurrection at the rapture.

There are three facets of salvation- Regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration is the new birth when we are placed in Christ. Sanctification is the process of growth as we become more like Christ. Glorification is the final stage when we are like Christ. These facets have to do with being freed from the penalty, the power, and the presence of sin.

Glorification involves the believer’s moral perfection [2 Thess. 2:13-14; Heb. 2:10-11], in which the believer will be made glorious, holy, and blameless [Eph. 5:7]. The process of sanctification is at work in us now [2 Cor. 3:18] but moves from one degree of glory to another until it reaches final glory.

Glorification is deliverance of the body from its unredeemed state [Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:43; Phil. 3:21]. The glorified body is immortal, imperishable, powerful, and spiritual.

Glorification brings participation in the kingdom of God [1 Thess. 2:12], and reigning with Christ [2 Tim. 2;10-12].

Glorification is partaking in God’s own glory [Rom. 5:2; 1 Thess. 2;12; 2 Thess. 2:14; 1 Pet. 5;10].

We have much to look forward to as we shed this fallen bodies and take up a heavenly body- Amen.

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