Goal 16: Glorification with God

Glorification with God

Jesus Christ died and rose again from the dead so that His people would be with Him in glory forever. This is the ultimate purpose of the gospel and why we evangelize. Jesus didn’t come to save people only for this life. He didn’t come into the world to give us salvation only for the here and now. He did not come to take us through this life on a bed of roses. In fact, the Bible tells us that we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered (See Romans 8:36); we must go through many tribulations to enter the kingdom of God (Read Acts 14:22). The disciples are not above their Master. If Jesus was persecuted, so shall his followers be persecuted (Read John 15:20). We should not expect an easy path to heaven. The road to heaven is full of obstacles, hindrances, difficulties, temptations and obstructions! Jesus came to save us to be with Him forever. Listen to the apostle: 

“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-13, 16-22 ESV)

Jesus came to conquer death. When He rose from the dead, He received a resurrected body, a spiritual body, that cannot die, that cannot sin, that cannot get sick and that cannot be destroyed. This is the purpose of God in salvation: that those who believe in Christ receive a glorified body and will be where Jesus is. As Jesus is, so shall we be (1 John 3:1). One day believers will see him face to face. They will be glorified, because they have been justified by the blood and righteousness of Christ. Those who have been justified will be glorified (Romans 8:30). But those who do not believe will also be resurrected in spiritual bodies at the last trumpet. all will be changed, but some are destined to everlasting condemnation: those who have not obeyed the gospel of Christ will be consigned to the lake of fire (Read Rev 20:11-15). And there they will be in torment forever. The wrath of God will abide on them that do not obey and believe the gospel (See John 3:36).

What is the purpose of the making God known? It is to know Christ more fully. It is to see His glory and it is to enjoy His presence forever and ever in the new heavens and the new earth! God is going to make all things new! The old earth will be rolled back as a scroll, the elements of this earth will be dissolved by fire (See 2 Peter 3:10-14). The goal of making God known is that there would be an innumerable amount of people (Revelation 7:9) singing and worshipping God and serving Him in holiness. We will not be as glorious as Christ is, just as a flower is not as glorious as the sun which gives it light. We will be sustained and upheld by His glory. Even though believers will be glorious it will be different from God’s glory. Some people teach that we will be like gods in heaven, reigning over whatever God will give us. Yes, we will reign with Christ, but we won’t be Christ. There is only One God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we exist through Him. God saved us for Himself and by Himself and for His glory. We must become less, and He must become more in our estimation. 

Believers will be rewarded in heaven according to what they have done (1 Cor 3:9-12). Some will lose their reward and they will be saved as through fire. Others’ work will stand the test of God’s judgment. Nevertheless, none of the elect will miss out on heaven: each individual that God has chosen before the foundation of world to belong to Christ will be glorified. Each one that has been effectually called by Christ and has been justified, will be glorified (See Romans 8:30). There will be no “dropouts”. And those who will be rewarded for their work will not be proud and look down on others in heaven. Those who will not be rewarded for their work will not be jealous of those who built with gold and silver. For heaven is a world of love and there is no sin in the coming dispensation.

The purpose of evangelism and making God known is the sanctification and the glorification of the church. If this were not so, we as believers are of all men the most miserable. This is our hope and our joy: to be with Christ, to see and glorify Him; to be in glory with Christ, to be with God where He is all in all! 

Christ died to sanctify His Bride and to present his bride, spotless and without sin, to God, (Read Eph. 5:21-26). 

Will you be in glory with God? 

Are you longing to be satisfied with Christ’s presence?

Are you waiting for Christ? 

The reason why we evangelize is for the consummation of our salvation!  Only God has the power to raise the spiritually dead and give them life. Only He has the power to change our corruptible bodies and give us spiritual bodies that cannot die. No eye has seen, and no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him! (See 1 Cor 2:9). 

Christ is coming again! He is preparing a place for his children (See John 14:2). He will come and take His people to Himself.  No one and nothing can thwart his purposes, His power, and His plans.  Glory be to God! 

If God is for us, who can be against us?

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