"Glory" in English: fame, honor, praiseworthy.
Old Testament = kabode, heaviness, used figuratively. Usually translated glory, majesty, splendor.
New Testament = doxa, good opinion, splendor of brightness.
A significance that is at the heart of who we are.
In C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce and in the Scriptures, when men of earth meet the messengers of heaven they find themselves so outclassed in sheer presence that they can't stand; they are physically overawed by the gravity, the glory present in the messenger of heaven.
What does it look like to build our lives on the rock of God's Word in regards to our future glory?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For 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 also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Like Moses shining with the glory of God; like the glory of the resurrected Christ, Christians are heading for a future glory that is from the Lord Himself.
2. Beyond Comprehension
What does it mean that we'll be like Jesus?
1 Corinthians 15:37-49
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
What does Jesus' glory look like today?
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
3. Future Glory & Our Relationships
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics."
They have a future glory that I need to respect.
4. Future Glory & Life's Labors
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Therefore Verse 5: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore Verse 15: So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son
Therefore Romans 12:1-2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
when he appears we shall be like him
Therefore Verse 3: Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
1 Corinthians 15:37-49
What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
Therefore Verse 58: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
-Have I given myself and my sins to God in Christ so that I can share His life and glory forever? If I haven't, today would be a good day.
-Am I committed to and working at putting off my sins and putting on Christ?
-Am I living in and standing firmly in the truths declared in God's Word?
-Am I consecrating my body and my all to God daily as my reasonable act of worship?
-Am I striving for consistent, personal purity?
-Am I remaining at work where God has me until He calls me to Himself, knowing that even the feeblest effort now is tied to a future glory beyond comparison?
Faith is the rock we stand upon.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 is a concise description of the life of faith; to take God's word and do it is the essence of Biblical faith. Are we taking in the truth of God's word and living it? That is building our lives on the Rock.
Have a holly, jolly weekend! Merry Christmas!