Ordo Salutis XII: Our New Body – Spirit’s Power in Our Glorification

Psalm 97:9 For you, O LORD,
are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

And how can we even fathom this glory of God? How can we fully look upon God in his sheer radiance, beauty, and majesty without our minds and eyes and hearts shutting down?

It is sheer madness.

And that is exactly what God wants! He wants to be with him forever and ever. With him. Not “the whole earth is filled with his glory” or even “he dwells within us” type of presence that we are so use to and dare I say, at ease with.

But understand what Christ has done in us for us:

Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,  for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. 1

He takes away sin. All sin. For the whole world. For all of his people. And when we are with him, finally with him, we will be with him in a place where “nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” and “no longer will there be anything accursed.” 2

Because of Christ took away sin, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.3

But then, it is more than removing sin, evil, Satan, demons and death.

He puts in the fullness of holiness, righteousness, love, joy, peace, grace, mercy, and justice. Namely, He puts himself in with us.

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 4

Can we truly comprehend worshiping our sweet king forever? No! Can we ponder what it is like to worship with the God who saved us? Brother and sister, there have plenty of times I could not manage my own debt nor waistline. So you know I am not even thinking about reigning with him.

But that is what He said we will be.

The same God who made known for me the path of life and therefore, because of all that Christ has done, when I do get to him, I will experience the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. 5

It is only there when we will finally experience “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.6

It is only there when we will finally “behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” 7

The God who is glorious is the same one who is glorifies his children.

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 8

I am not even doing a great job of extrapolating the glory of God. If I had the fullness of the Spirit and the highest IQ and all the gifts of wordsmithing and writing and had infinite time and resources, perhaps, I could tell you a sliver of his glory.

This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. 9

Well, one day, with infinite light, infinite energy, and infinite worshiping my sweet King, I will attempt to write about his glory.

Until then, I pray:

If Your promises hold true—if You say You will make all things right despite our folly and sin 10; if You say You will bear our iniquities and our trespasses 11 and You will draw near to us just when we think You are so far away 12, then my life and my love is all in Your Word. I have nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to.

Who can I trust? Where I can seek refuge in? Where shall I go? For you alone have the words to eternal life. 13

Whom have I in heaven but You? Is there anyone on earth I desire besides You? My heart and flesh will fail but you are my strength and my portion forever. 14

This much is true: for you are my God. You loved me and you are always mindful of me even before you created time and space.

You have shown the awesome worth of your love by sending and giving Your precious Son to me.

You have shown the infinite might of your power by giving your Spirit to me.

So what then can I say?

So what then can I do?

All I can do is simply thank you.

So from the bottom of my heart,
I thank you for giving me strength.
Thank you my Father God.
Thank you my Christ Jesus.
Thank you my Holy Spirit.

You judged me faithful.
You appointed to Your service.
Despite my dishonoring and blaspheming,
Your holy name,
despite my persecution and hatred
those who love you,
despite my perverted and violent opposition
towards you,

Still
I only received mercy
because I was lost
I was lame
I was deaf
I was blind
I was stupid
I was ignorant
I was evil
I was dead
and I was not looking and could not look for you whatsoever.

But Your beautiful, sweet and tender
love, mercy and grace
overflowed for me
overwhelmingly
undeservingly
ill-deservingly
with your unbroken faithfulness
and your relentless love
that can only be by You,
for You,
through You,
my Christ Jesus my Lord my Savior.

These words
out of my heart
are true
and with all of my hope and dreams
and desires and wishes
that these words would be sweet to your ears.

I know
that you came in this world
to rescue your people
to pull them out of despair
to give your people life
to save them from their sins
to bring them to you
evil sinners
at war with you
All of us
And I lead this group.
I am the foremost
I am their chief
I am their victor
I am their champion of those who would face Your terrifying wrath!

Yet,
in this reason
that Your grace abounds all the more
that Your mercy renews every morning
that Your love never ceases
that You
my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ
might display

Your perfection, beauty, tenderness, quickness,
Your love, mercy, grace, patience
for all of those who You call Yours
and those would believe upon Your holy name for life forever.

This is why I will sing
to the God of the everlasting to the everlasting
the Triune
the Father
the Son
the Holy Spirit
the immortal
the invisible
the Only One
the Creator
the Sustainer
the Merciful
the Peace
the Grace
the Faith
the Messiah
the Immanuel, God with Us
the Blessed
the Living Word
the Christ
the Son of God
the Fellow Heir
the Second Adam
the Kinsman Redeemer
the Beginning
the Means
the End
the Majesty
the Truth
the Way
the Life
the Wisdom
the Teacher
the Rescuer
the Promise
the Calling
the Fulfillment
the Abundance
the Host
the Governor
the High Priest
the Prophet
the Apostle
the Sufferer
the Messiah
the Servant
the Son of Man
the Glorified
the Power
the Gospel
the Guide
the Elector
the All-Sufficient
the Lion of Judah
the Worthy Lamb who was slain
the King of all kings
the Lord of all lords
the Commander
the Ruler above all
the Name above all Names
the Wonderful Counselor
the Mighty God
the Everlasting Father
the Prince of Peace

my Holiness
my Righteousness
my Justice
my Faithfulness
my Mercy
my Grace
my Friend
my Confidence
my Pastor
my Elder
my Brother
my Assurance
my Redeemer
my Rock
my Salvation
my All in all
my Exalted
my Glorious
my Beloved
my Joy
my Song
my Love

my Jesus Christ, King, Lord, Savior and Messiah
my Father, my Father, my Abba, my heart
my Holy Spirit, my comfort, my peace, my gift, my breath.

So I will be so very careful to
worship,
sing,
praise,
glorify,
exalt,
proclaim,
honor,
dedicate,
and love
You alone.

I pray this desperately and joyfully,
in the beautiful,
sweet,
precious,
most tender,
loveliest,
most worthy,
dearest name of
Your Son.

His name is
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Notes:

  1. Hebrews 9:25–28
  2. Revelation 21:22–22:5
  3. Revelation 21:4
  4. Revelation 22:5
  5. Psalm 16:11
  6. Philippians 4:7
  7. Psalm 17:15
  8. Romans 8:16–18
  9. John 21:24–25
  10. Genesis 3:15
  11. Isaiah 53
  12. Psalm 22
  13. John 6:68
  14. Psalm 73:25-26

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