The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 1:10-12 ~ Operation Footstool & Our Predestined Inheritance is the Praise of God’s Glory

Vol. 14 No. 29

glory to God

In wrapping up vs. 10 of Chapter 1, there is one more topic we will note because of the final phrase in Eph 1:10, “… the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth in Him.” Therefore, we will note the delegated authority given to Jesus Christ, also called “Operation Footstool.”

As noted above, the “things in the heavens and upon the earth” include:

  • Those in heaven are the Old Testament saints, Church Age believers and Tribulational martyrs. By the Second Advent, (i.e., the end of the Tribulation and beginning of the Millennial reign), all these categories will be in resurrection bodies.
  • Those on the earth are Tribulational believers alive and delivered on the earth at the Second Advent, who will enter into the Millennium. They become the basis of a millennial population and they will not receive resurrection bodies until the end of the Millennium, along with all millennial saints.

Therefore, at the establishment of our Lord’s reign here on earth, Operation Footstool commences; “the summing up of all things in Christ”, i.e., Christ’s delegated authority.

L.S. Chafer notes, “An inscrutable mystery is present in the fact that all authority is committed by the Father to the Son. In the light of the complete evidence that the Son is equal in His Person with the Father, it is difficult to understand how authority could be committed to the Son which was not properly His in His own right.

So how is this completed? Our Lord, due to His virgin birth, is now in hypostatic union meaning He is 100% God and 100% humanity. It is this hypostatic union emphasizing the humanity of Jesus Christ that is in view, as the Father delegates all authority to the Son, Eph 1:20-22, cf. Mat 28:18.

Regarding Christ’s deity Chafer notes, “And that power, while it was used in the beginning for the creation of all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, including thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, is exercised now to the end that all things may hold together, Col 1:16-17.

Regarding Christ’s hypostatic union Chafer then notes, “The very seating of Christ far above all intelligences, Eph 1:20-21, implies that He is over them in complete authority. Thus, in a similar way, it is written that the Father hath put all things under the feet of the Son, excepting of course Himself, 1 Cor 15:27.”

1 Cor 15:27, “For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.”

So when does this authority take affect? It began at the session of our Lord, when God the Father seated Him at His right hand, subsequent to our Lord’s victory at the Cross, His deaths, resurrection, and ascension and will continue at the commencement of Operation Footsool! Heb 10:12-14.

Heb 10:12-14, “But He, having offered one sacrifice as a substitute for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies were made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has brought to completion for all time those who are sanctified.”

Chafer notes, “This power will be exercised in the coming kingdom age to the end that all rule, authority, power, and every enemy, even death, shall be subdued, 1 Cor 15:24-28.”

Therefore, from the beginning of the Millennial Reign and running coterminous with it, Operation Footstool is enacted.

The authority exercised by Christ is said by Chafer to be, “that same authority possessed by the Son inherently is then exercised in those ways in which it is required. It is, therefore, essential that when drawing a picture of the exalted Christ and in contemplating His Person and present activity He should be seen as the One who, under the Father, is above and over all things in the universe in the sense that they owe their very existence to Him, are held together by Him, and are governed by Him.” (Systematic Theology, Vol. 5, Chapter 10.)

Operation Footstool

Operation Footstool refers to the consummation of the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict, by which the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth to establish His kingdom and to remove Satan and all fallen angels. It constitutes our Lord’s overthrow of Satan; whereby, Satan loses the rulership of the world to Him.

This recapturing of rulership over humanity and angelic kind is noted in may passages of scripture including, the Old Testament prophecies of Psa 110:1; Dan 7:13-14; and New Testament Luke 22:66, Eph 1:10, 20-22; 4:9; Phil 2:5; Col 3:1; Heb 1:1; 2:8.

Psa 110:1, “The LORD (YHWH – God the Father), says to my Lord (Adonay – Jesus Christ): ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet’.”

Psa 110:1 is quoted in the gospels, Mat 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42. It is quoted in Acts 2:34-35. It is quoted in the Epistles, Heb 1:13, 10:13.

God the Father is going to subordinate everything in the world to Christ, and only the humanity of Christ can sit down in one location at the right hand of God the Father. Our Lord is invited to sit down with His human body because in His body He won the victory of the Cross.

Our Lord’s royal title in relation to Operation Footstool is “King of kings, Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star.”  This title is found in four passages, 1 Tim 1:17, 6:15; Rev 7:14, 19:16.

The enemies of Jesus Christ will all be placed in subjection to Him. Who are the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ?

  • Satan, Isa 14:13-14 mentions the revolution of Satan.
  • All fallen angels.
  • All religion is the enemy of God. Religion is man by man’s work trying to gain the approbation of God. Christianity is not a religion. In Christianity, God seeks mankind through the salvation ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • Carnal believers or believers in perpetual carnality. In Phil 3:18 believers in a state of carnality are called “the enemies of the Cross.” Perpetual carnality is emotion instead of the application of Bible doctrine from your soul.
  • All unbelievers, Rom 5:10, “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be delivered through His life.” We were all born spiritually dead in total separation from God and enemies of God.
  • Death, 1 Cor 15:23-28, vs. 25-26, “For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” Death is abolished for the unbeliever by being cast alive into the Lake of Fire, “the second death”, Rev 20:10, 14; Mat 25:41; and for believers, Rev 21:4, “There shall no longer be any death.”

In Operation Footstool:

  • First comes the triumphal procession in which all demons are disarmed by Jesus Christ and publicly displayed, Col 2:15.
  • Then Satan is imprisoned for one thousand years, Rev 20:1-3.
  • The removal of Satan and all fallen angels, plus the rulership of Christ that changes the environment of the earth during the Millennium.

a)  Religion is eradicated, 1 Cor 10:20-21.

b)  False doctrine is removed, 1 Tim 4:1.

c)  Spirituality changes to include ecstatics, since Christ is personally present on the earth, Joel 2:28-29.

d)  Perfect environment will exist on earth until Satan is released to foment the Gog revolution, Rev 20:7-10.

Operation Footstool was decided in eternity past as a part of the Divine decrees, but cannot be fulfilled in time until the prerequisites have been fulfilled. Human history cannot be fulfilled until Operation Footstool is completed. It will take one thousand years to complete Operation Footstool once it starts. Operation Footstool cannot even begin until two more prophecies are completed. Originally there were three prophecies that had to be fulfilled before Operation Footstool could begin: 1) the victory of the Cross, 2) the formation of a Royal Family of God, and 3) the Tribulation. So far in history one prerequisite is completed, the Cross, and two prerequisites still need to be completed. The Church Age must be completed and Satan must receive the rebuttal phase of his appeal trial; the Tribulation.

In Eph 1:22, “And He (God the Father) put (has subordinated), all things in subjection under His feet and gave (appointed) Him as head (ruler) over all things to the church.”

The rulership of Christ over the Church includes the fact that He is a ruler with another special title. He is a Royal High Priest, Heb 2:17; 3:1; 5:6, 10; 1 Peter 2:9. Because He is a royal High Priest, every believer in the Church Age is a priest. We are called a kingdom of priests, Rev 1:6, 5:10.  In 1 Pet 2:5, we are called “holy priests” in the sense of being separated unto God for a special purpose.

Every believer who reaches spiritual adulthood status will rule with Christ during Operation Footstool. Every Church Age believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity to reach spiritual adulthood status.

At the completion of Operation Footstool, the end of the Millennial Reign, Jesus Christ will give His delegated authority back to God the Father, 1 Cor 15:24-25.

1 Cor 15:24-25, “Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.”

Vs. 11

After a brief glimpse of the Dispensation of the Millennial Reign of our Lord Jesus Christ and its coterminous Operation Footstool, which are topics of eschatology, we now get back to the present Dispensation of the Church Age and see more promises and blessings from God for the Church Age believer, as we continue to study the one long sentence of vs. 3-14. We now note vs. 11.

Eph 1:11, “Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.”

This verse begins by telling us that we are given an inheritance in Christ. It is beyond human imagination to fathom that God allows us to share the glory that belongs to Christ, the One to whom this total universe will ultimately be subjected to at the completion of Operation Footstool.

The phrase “we have obtained an inheritance,” is the Aorist, Passive, Indicative from KLEROO, κληρόω that means, “To make or obtain an inheritance, allot or apportion.” It is only used here in the New Testament. This is a gnomic Aorist that presents a timeless general fact, principle or axiom to present a doctrine which is absolute in its character. It describes something that has actually occurred. The Passive voice tells us that the believer receives the action of the verb. It indicates that they did not obtain it by themselves, but rather God in Christ gave it to them. The Indicative mood states a fact of reality, which is; once you believe in Jesus Christ, you are in the Plan of God destined to receive an inheritance.

As you know, God’s will not only includes the exaltation of Christ it also includes our participation in His blessings because we are “in Christ.” And being one with Christ means we share in His eternal inheritance.

Having been predestinated,” is Aorist, Passive, Participle of PROORIZO, προορίζω that means, “Set boundaries beforehand, appoint or determine beforehand,” which we noted in vs. 5.  It comes from PRO that means, “before” and ORIZO that means, “to design or to mark out” which comes to mean, “having been predesigned.” This is a culminative Aorist that presents an event in its entirety but regards it from the standpoint of existing results. In other words, God the Father predesigned everything we would ever need. Therefore, the Father predesigned in eternity past everything we would ever need in time or eternity. The Participle means that this action preceded the action of the main verb, KLEROO. Therefore, God predestined us and then He provided for our inheritance.

Next we have a triple emphasis of God’s design or “purpose” for our lives based on His will. Paul uses three words that have the idea of “will” expressed in them, which is very typical of Paul’s epistles when he multiplies synonyms to amplify an idea.

  • Purpose,” PROTHESIS that means, “Setting forth, presentation or purpose.” It is what God wants to happen.
  • Counsel”, BOULEN that means, “Plan, purpose, advice, or design.” It sometimes expresses the idea of “counsel,” but speaks to God’s decree, so it usually relates to His “purpose or will.” It describes His decision or choice, where He understands all the options and implications.
  • Will,” THELEMATOS that means, “Will, desire, determination, purpose, or inclination.” It is a general Greek term for “will” and indicates Divine purpose; the revelation of God’s intentions.

In regard to the purpose of God, He “works it after,” the counsel of His will. “Works” is the Present, Active, Participle of ENERGEO, ἐνεργέω that means, “work, operate or accomplish.” It could be translated, “from the one putting into operation the all things,” because it refers to all creatures of the universe as well as all the laws of the universe. It tells us that God has done all the work necessary and has put it all together. For the believer, He has put together a predesigned plan for our lives where He has provided everything necessary for us to function and be victorious in this life, as well as providing us an eternal inheritance because we are “In Christ.”

So the idea expressed here is that believers have become heirs of God due to the fact that God predestined us according to His purpose. In a manner of speaking, the “lot” fell to believers not by chance but solely because of the gracious and sovereign decision of God-Almighty to select us to be His heirs.

Vs. 12

Next in vs. 12 we see why God has done all of this for us.

Eph 1:12, “To the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”

To the end” in the Greek is EIS TO EINAI, literally “for the to be” that utilizes the verb EIMI in the Present, Active Infinitive that means, “to be, exist, live, stay, reside, occur, or am.” Here it indicates the end goal of God; what our final state will be; how God wants us to live forever.

In the Greek, the final state of believers is given first and then the qualifier for that final stasis. But in the English the qualifier is given first, “we who were the first to hope in Christ.”

This is not the typical Greek word for “hope” which is ELPIS, but a compound verb PROELPIZO, προελπίζω form of PRO, “before,” and ELPIZO, “to hope.” that means, “Hope before, anticipate or be the first to hope.” It is in the Perfect, Active, Participle to indicate completed past action by the believer. Therefore, this is a once saved always saved passage.

PROELPIZO is a very rare verb in Greek literature and in the NT it is only used here. This verb lends itself to two meanings: 1) to be the first to hope or 2) to hope before the promise or expectation is confirmed or fulfilled. In the context of this verse meaning, “to hope in advance or before,” Paul is referring either to those apostles and disciples who first believed in Christ and brought the gospel message to the Ephesus region, or to Jews as having had of old the hope and promise of the Messiah in contrast to the Gentiles who had heard of Him just then. Compared with vs. 13 were Paul does not say “we” again but says “you,” and also comparing Rom 3:1ff.; 9:4ff, many scholars believe this to refer to the Jews who believed and vs. 13 to Gentiles who now also believe. In either of the above two interpretations, all believers in Christ now share in the inheritance of Christ to the glory of God.

Rom 9:4, “Who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises.”

Then we have the final status of the believer, Operation Glorification, in the phrase, “should be to the praise of His glory.”

Praise” is EPAINOS that means “praise or commendation.” It is from EPI, “full or complete,” and AINEO, “praise.” So this is full praise, complete praise, super praise, over praise, or maximum praise.” It should read, “for the purpose of maximum praise.”

What is being praised to the max? “His Glory,” DOXA! This phrase occurs in relation to each member of the Trinity: of God the Father in vs. 6; of Christ in vs. 12; and of the Holy Spirit in vs. 14.

The Doctrine of Glory

Definition:

  • Glory is from the Greek words DOXA and DOXAZO meaning, “Glory, splendor, radiance, fame, renown, honor, to ascribe glory to, honor, or praise.” Glory always has the connotation of honor inherent in a person, distinction, greatness, renown, fame, nobility, or majesty.
  • The glory of God refers to the sum total of His Divine essence or to any part of His Divine essence. The essence of God is the glory of God. Since His essence is perfect glory, it is used for the totality of God’s essence or any individual attribute, especially His integrity made up of His righteousness and justice. Rom 3:23; Eph 1:17; Deut 5:24; Psa 21:5 are used as illustrations of where the word “glory” is used for the essence of God.

Rom 3:23, “… all have come short of the glory (essence) of God.”

  • Since God has an inherent glory, one of the objectives of Bible doctrine is the realization of this inherent glory and provision.

David, in recognizing God’s grace and rulership over Israel, states the principle of the glory of God in Psa 21:5-6.

Psa 21:5-6, “His glory is great through Your victory (salvation), splendor and majesty You place upon him. 6For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.”

Glory refers to God’s integrity; greatness refers to His other attributes. Deut 5:24, “Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness.”

There is a point at which we see God for the first time and we understand His glory. You cannot see the greatness of God until you can see the glory of God. Seeing the glory of God is seeing the integrity of God through pertinent Bible doctrine.

Rom 3:23 says that we all fall short of the glory of God. To fall short of the glory of God is to fall short of His integrity that is, not knowing and or applying it in our lives. His integrity is made up of His righteousness and justice. God’s perfect righteousness rejects our sin and His justice accepts our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

  • Glory is used to describe the strategic victory of Christ in the angelic conflict, Luke 24:26; John 12:20-24, 28; 13:31-32; Heb 2:10; 1 Peter 1:10-11.

John 12:20-24, “Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.’”

1 Peter 1:10-11, “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.”

Luke 24:26, “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”

a)  God the Father is the source of our Lord’s glorification and the Father is glorified as a result of the Son’s glorification, just as the Son is glorified in the Father’s glorification.

b)  The Humanity of Jesus Christ is glorified because He fulfilled the Father’s Plan of Salvation.

c)  When the Father glorifies the Son, the Father is also the recipient of glory. This reflects on their intimate relationship as noted in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one”, and Christ’s authority orientation as noted in John 13:16. “It speaks of the unity of “being” between the Father and Son, compared with John 17:5, “glorify Me together with Yourself,” which is speaking of simple unity of position,” B.F. Westcott.

d)  Heb 2:10, “To have led to glory many sons.” God brings many sons to glory by judging our sins, so that, when we believe in Christ, we are entered into an eternal relationship with His glory. We receive the imputation of God’s perfect righteousness, which is the potential for blessing from the integrity of God.

e) 1 Tim 3:16, “Christ taken up into the place of glory,” refers to the third heaven, the location of the integrity of God, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God in glory.

f)  In John 13:32, “Immediately,” means that God the Father will raise His Son so that the Son will not see corruption or decay, Psa 16:10; 49:9; Acts 2:27, 31; 13:34-37. On the third day He will be raised. This fulfills the principle of 1 Sam 2:30, “…but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor…” It is speaking of the imminent resurrection, ascension and session of the God – Man Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union following His death, which results in the glorification of both the Father and the Son.

How the Believer Glorifies God.

  • God is glorified at the moment of our salvation through adoption into the Family of God.

Eph 1:5-6, “Having predesigned us to adoption (the appointment of adult) sons (for Himself) through Jesus Christ, according to the kind intention (benevolent purpose) of His will, to the praise of glory (from the source) of His grace, which He freely bestowed on (has pursued) us in the Beloved.”

  • Glory is used for the indwelling of Christ, Col 1:27, “To whom the God decreed to make known what is the riches (wealth) of the glory of the mystery among the gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope (confidence) of glory.”
  • The Royal Family is called to eternal glory since Christ is seated in the place of glory. The formation of the Royal Family comes under the phrase, being called to eternal glory,” 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3. This is the status of the Royal Family being called into eternal relationship with the integrity of God.
  • God is glorified by means of the Church, Eph 3:21, when believers attain spiritual adulthood and move to spiritual maturity. Those believers are said to be “filled with all the fullness of God,” Eph 3:19. There are three categories of spiritual adulthood.

a)  Spiritual Self-Esteem is cognitive self-confidence.

b)  Spiritual Autonomy is cognitive independence.

c)  Spiritual Maturity is cognitive invincibility, when you are manufactured into an invisible hero.

  • God’s glory is the source of the EPIGNOSIS doctrine in our right lobe, which causes spiritual maturity due to Occupation with Christ, Eph 1:17.

Eph 1:1718, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom even from the source of revelation by means of knowledge from Him …, That the eyes of your right lobe may be enlightened, in order that you all may have a permanent knowledge, knowing what is the hope of His calling (maximum blessing), and what is the riches from the source of the glory, the inheritance of His saints.”

Eph 3:16, “In order that He might give you according to the riches from His glory, to become strong by means of power through His Spirit with reference to the inner man.”

Phil 4:19, “Now my God shall fill up the deficiency of all your needs according to the standard of His riches in glory by means of Christ Jesus.”

  • As such, glory is used for the Edification Complex of the Soul. The first objective of the Christian way of life is the ECS, Eph 3:21; Col 1:27; 2 Thes 2:14; 1 Peter 1:8.
  • The mature believer has received this glory, 1 Peter 1:78. Receiving glory is blessing from the integrity of God to the mature believer.
  • The believer glorifies God when he parlays the Life Beyond Gnosis, Eph 3:19, into the Life Beyond Dreams, Eph 3:20.

a) The Life Beyond Gnosis is EPIGNOSIS, the consistent function of post-salvation renewing of your mind, Rom 12:2.

b) This means cognition of the Mystery Doctrine for the Church Age through perception, metabolization and application, by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

c) Learning Bible doctrine in the Old Testament will not advance you in the Life Beyond Gnosis. You must understand the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age, which is found in the New Testament epistles. It contains all the mechanics for the Plan of God in this Dispensation.

d) The result is the attainment of spiritual adulthood. Then you begin to gather fantastic and dynamic momentum.

e)Therefore, spiritual maturity parlays the Life Beyond Gnosis into the Life Beyond Dreams, which becomes the basis for maximum glorification of God.

  • The pattern for glorifying God includes suffering for blessing, not divine discipline or self-induced misery under the law of volitional responsibility.

2 Tim 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

John 12:25-26, “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”

a) There are three categories of suffering for blessing that align with the three stages of spiritual adulthood.

  1. Providential Preventative Suffering.
  2. Momentum Testing.
  3. Evidence Testing.
  • God will not only reward those who glorify Him, but He will also sustain them in their suffering, Heb 2:7-9; 1 Peter 1:6-8; 5:4, 10.
  • Glorification of God is then related to the distribution of your escrow blessings for time and eternity, 1 Cor 3:10-15; Rev 2-3. When God is able to reward you, He is glorified because your rewards where based on His Word, His Spirit, His Plan, His Provisions, and your non-meritorious faith in Him.
  • God is glorified and receives glory forever in the function of ultimate sanctification and the deliverance of the ultra supergrace believer, 2 Tim 4:18.

The Mechanics of Glorifying God.

  • The Lord is glorified through our hymns, songs and psalms, Ex 15:1-20; Judges 5:3; 2 Chron 5:13: Psa 7:17; 21:13; 22:22ff; 66:1ff; Acts 16:25.

Ex 15:1, “Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. 2The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him. 3The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name.”

  • The Lord is glorified through the confession of our sins, Joshua 7:19-20.

Joshua 7:19, Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.”

  • The Lord is glorified through our priestly service, 1 Chron 16:4; 23:5, 30; 2 Chron 7:6; 8:14; Ezra 3:10; Neh 9:5.
  • The Lord is glorified through our prayers, 1 Chron 29:10-20.
  • The Lord is glorified through our thanksgiving, Psa 106:47; 2 Cor 4:15; Heb 13:15; Rev 7:12.

2 Cor 4:15, “For all things are for your sakes, that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.”

Rev 7:12, “Saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen“.”

  • The Lord is glorified by submitting to governing authorities, Rom 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15.
  • The Lord is glorified as a result of faithfulness in suffering, 1 Peter 1:6-9.
  • We will glorify the Lord in the eternal state, Isa 45:23; Rom 14:11; Phil 2:10-11; Rev 5:11-13; 19:1-6.

a)  The resurrection body is described in terms of glory, 1 Cor 15:43. Our resurrection body is raised in glory because we are in the status quo of everlasting life. We will live forever in a state of glory.

In 2 Thes 2:14, “The attainment of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” refers to having a resurrection body exactly like our Lord’s and being in union with Him.

Glory is Used in a Number of Ways in the Scripture:

  • The right woman is the glory of the right man, 1 Cor 11:7, 15. When a right woman finds her right man she so responds to him as to become his glory. The woman’s long hair is the sign of her glory, but her soul’s function is the actual glory. Just as the ECS reflects the glory of God, when a man finds his right woman, she reflects his glory.
  • The grace of God is also described as glory, Eph 1:6. That is another way in which the believer demonstrates the glory of God with his capacity for grace in the super-grace life. In the super-grace life grace pursues him. The pursuit of grace means living by grace and living by grace glorifies God.
  • The provision of God’s grace is also called wealth, “the riches of His glory,” Eph 1:18; 3:16; Phil 4:19.
  • There is a negative use of the word glory in scripture. Human glamor is described as glory in 1 Peter 1:24; Phil 3:19. This is a limited use of the word that describes human glamor which is temporal.
  • There is a glory in the future which is beyond human cognizance. This is called the glory of eternity. Heaven and eternal life are described as glory in 1 Tim 3:16; Heb 2:10; 1 Peter 1:3, 7; 5:10.
  • Glory is used to describe the wonders of the universe, 1 Cor 15:40-41.
  • Glory is associated with Operation Footstool and the presentation of the Church as the bride of Christ at the Second Advent, Heb 2:9-10.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, 

died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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