If you talk to many unbelievers you’ll find there are a lot of Bible words they are not interested in.
There is one Bible word found in Colossians 1:27 that almost every single unbeliever I have ever met is vitally interested in and that is the word glory.
Paul describes his message as revealing, “the hope of glory.”
Many unbelievers are very interested in glory and you know it is not just unbelievers that are concerned with glory. Believers are as well. Paul is. It is just that the Bible is concerned with a much deeper, more substantial, glory than many of us think about.
The sun not a flashlight.
The Bible is concerned with a glory that is much deeper and more significant than having a few people approve of you. It is concerned with glory with a Capital G.
God’s glory, obviously.
His weightiness, importance, majesty, honor, esteem, value.
But not just God’s glory.
We as Christians often talk a lot about our need to glorify God but we sometimes forget that God talks a lot about how He is going to glorify us.
Glory is a major part of what salvation is all about.
It’s the final application of the believer’s salvation, you might say.
Paul puts it like this in Romans 8:29 and 30.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called, and whom He called, these He also justified, and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Hebrews 2:10 describes Jesus’ work as bringing us to glory.
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory.”
An eternal glory.
1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ….”
God is going to give us glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
Romans 2:10, “There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
One might even say that glory is one of the primary aims of God in his salvation of believers.
2 Thessalonians 2:14, “And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This glory that God has in store for believers is so great it is almost indescribable.
Romans 8:16ff, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed 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 worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
Part of that glory has to be the believer’s complete judicial justification and resultant moral perfection. The fact that the most holy judge of the universe is going to look at the believer’s life and declare him perfect and that he will in fact live perfectly throughout all eternity.
Colossians 1:22 tells us that Jesus has now “reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him, holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”
But the biblical idea of glorification also has to do with believer’s bodies. God is going to glorify the believer’s body.
“When Christ returns and raises from the dead the bodies of all believers for all time who have died, and reunites them with their souls, and changes the bodies of all believers who remain alive, thereby giving all believers at the same time perfect resurrection bodies like His own.”
Philippians 3:20 and 21, “But our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
I don’t think there is any question the glory the Bible talks about is whole lot more glorious than the glory most unbelievers are interested in.
It is one thing to glorify yourself.
It is a completely different thing to be glorified by God.
To stand before the all knowing God and to have Him pronounce you blameless.
To live eternally in a completely renewed creation where there is no pain and there is no sickness and no sin and God’s presence is felt and experienced everywhere.
To have a new, transformed, like Jesus body and to rule and to reign under God over the new heavens and the new earth.
That kind of glory is glory with a capital G and there is no question when you look at the Scripture closely that kind of glory, the glory that Paul speaks about is much more interesting and fascinating and desirable and glorious than any glory the world speaks about.
It is the real thing.