- But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom which has been hidden, which God predestined before the ages for our glory, (1 Cor. 2:7)
There are two wonderful words in this verse: predestined and glory.
Jesus, our forerunner, took the lead to enter into glory. Now we are taking the same way to be brought into the same glory.
According to this verse, this glory was ordained by God for us. It is our very destiny.
But what way did Christ take? As the Author of our salvation, He was made perfect through sufferings.
- For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Heb. 2:10)
This does not mean that there was an imperfection in Jesus, but that He needed to complete His experience of human suffering to make Him qualified to be the Author and Perfector of the our salvation.
The more we follow Christ, the more we have to be prepared to experience sufferings as He did.Our Captain is pioneering, fighting to lead us into the same glory that He came into…that glory is God Himself. And the way to glory is through human sufferings.
In 2 Cor. 12:7-8, Paul asked the Lord to remove a thorn in the flesh three times. But the Lord’s answer was that His grace was sufficient. As he and we pass through sufferings, enjoying the Lord’s grace, a weight of glory is produced in us (2 Cor. 4:17).
What is our glorification? It is the final step in God’s complete salvation when God has completely saturated our body of sin with the glory of His life and nature. Then He will transfigure our body to conform it to the resurrected, glorious body of Christ, our Savior.
The whole creation is eagerly awaiting the revelation of the sons of God in glory, accomplished when our Lord comes back (Rom. 8:19-20, Phil. 3:21).
Oh, we have so great a salvation!
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