The Glorification of God by Regina A. McKinney

What happens when God glorifies a human being?
We Share in the glory of Jesus, He gives them a share of his own glory and the glory of his Son, “…Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17 (NIV)
When God glorifies a human being, he grants to that person the privilege of beholding his infinite beauty and becoming like him as much as a creature can. We will not see him the way you see a parade on television. We will see him the way you see a hurricane when you fly into the eye of the storm. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:4 (NIV)
More specifically, when God glorifies a person, he gives that person a new and glorious body. “…that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:21-23 (NIV)

Who are the ones God will glorify?
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:11-12 (NIV) Have you got a good grip yet on what this claim means? It means that no one who is foreknown fails to be predestined. And no one who is predestined fails to be effectually called. And no one who is called fails to be justified. And no one who is justified fails to be glorified.
When God glorifies his children, he gives them inward beauty—called holiness. This begins as a process in this life (called sanctification) and culminates when we come into the presence of Christ at death or at his second coming.
What I am trying to point out is that many people want the skyscraper promise of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) many want the precious reality of eternal security. But they don’t want it on God’s terms. They want their security AND their sovereignty. They want God to step in at the end of their lives with sovereign power and give them glory, but they do not want him to step in now with his sovereign grace and make them holy.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)
In God’s Word is certainty, confidence, assurance and security. God does not just offer salvation, He SAVES! “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NIV)
Those whom he has predestined are SAVED! It is as good as finished—that’s why even the future work of God in glorifying his people is put in the past tense in Rom 8:30: those whom he justified he also glorified.
The glorification of God’s predestined, called, and justified people is absolutely certain. None can be lost. The chain is unbroken, because the links have been forged in the furnace of God’s eternal purpose. All those branches and distortions of the Christian faith that deny the reality of eternal security and deny the possibility of the full assurance of salvation shatter on the rock of Romans 8:30. For it is as plain as anything in Scripture that the justified WILL be glorified.
The answer, then, to the second question is that all who are effectually called, that is, all who have been quickened and enabled to believe, and have therefore heard the word of acquittal (justification) WILL BE GLORIFIED. It is done in the mind of God.

If God’s grace is sovereign, it not only fulfills promises of glory, it also fulfills the practical conditions of those promises. If only the road of obedience leads to glory, then the sovereign grace of God will infallibly keep His people on the road that they may get the promised glory. Those whom He justified, He also sanctified and THEREFORE glorified. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever and ever.

Copyright 2010 © Regina A. McKinney

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