III. A Change in Standing
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless. . .
In this world we stumble.
Our human minds can only begin to grasp the peace and blessedness that the new standing we will experience when we are glorified.
Eternal Light! eternal Light!
How pure that soul must be,
when, placed within thy searching sight,
it shrinks not, but with calm delight
can live, and look on thee.
O how shall I, whose native sphere
is dark, whose mind is dim,
before the Ineffable appear,
and on my naked spirit bear
the uncreated beam?
There is a way for man to rise
to that sublime abode:
an offering and a sacrifice,
a Holy Spirit's energies,
and Advocate with God:
these, these prepare us for the sight
of holiness above:
the sons of ignorance and night
may dwell in the eternal Light,
through the eternal Love!
IV. A Changed Body
someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And
with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what
you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And
what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be,
but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each
seed its own body.
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
I Cor. 15: 35-44
We possess eternal life now. But until our bodies are changed from the corruptible to the incorruptible, we cannot experience eternal life.
. . .who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.
Phil. 3: 21
We will have bodies suited for our eternal destiny, just like Christ's.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom. 8: 18
All of us suffer from physical limitations in this world.
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
II Cor. 5: 1-5
When we are glorified, we are given a new "tent" to replace our old, physical bodies. Now we will be able to enjoy all the blessings God has for us in Heaven.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Rev. 21: 3-4
In so many ways, our earthly bodies restrict us and give us pain. Our glorified bodies will know no such hardships.
V. A Change from Our Sin Nature
. . . because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Rom. 8: 21-22
All creation is in bondage to sin. As long as we live in this world, we must contend with our sin nature. So embedded in the very structure of our existence is this sin nature with all its unholy desires and enmity to the indwelling Holy Spirit, that we cannot imagine the blessed relief we will know when we are gloried.
VI. Changed into the Likeness of Christ
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
I Cor. 15: 49
The purpose of our salvation is to reveal the grace of God. God's grace is infinite and therefore requires that the undertakings which measure that grace must be infinite, too. Salvation is provided to demonstrate the infinite love of God. To that end, God does the utmost for His children. Transforming us into the image of His beloved Son is the supreme reality of creation.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
II Cor. 3: 18
When we are fully glorified, this transformation is complete.
VII. Changed to Share Christ's Glory.
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Col. 3: 4
As heirs of God's grace, we share in Christ's glory.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb. 2: 10
Christ brings us to His glory.
. . .if we endure, we will also reign with him. . .
II Tim. 2: 12When we are glorified, we will have responsibilities fit for our new estate.