Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-5
“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)
Since we have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ, we have full access to God’s grace and we are secure for all eternity. This means that we can rejoice in hope of the glory of God because one day we will experience God’s glory in all its fullness. In other words, we can look forward in a spirit of exultation to seeing the very glory of God, the glory Moses longed to see (Exodus 33:18).
Moses pleaded with God — “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18). God told Moses that he could not bear to see God’s glory in all its fullness — “You cannot see My face, for man shall not see Me and live” (Exodus 33:20). But God gave Moses a glimpse of His glory — “Behold, there is a place by Me where you shall stand on the rock, and while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see my back, but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:21-23).
One day we will see God’s glory face to face — “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face” (I Corinthians 13:12). The day is coming when we shall stand in the presence of God and see the glory of God face to face! This is what we rejoice in — “the hope of the glory of God.”
And we shall be glorified also — “And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified” (Romans 8:30). When Jesus Christ returns again, we will receive resurrected, glorified bodies that will be united to our immortal souls. Every vestige of sin will be removed. All the results and consequences of sin will be gone. We don’t fully know all that this means now but we do know this — “Behold, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be, we know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (I John 3:2).
Lord God, I long to see Your glory. I rejoice in the sure hope that one day I will see it face to face. I long for the day when Jesus will come and restore all things, including giving me a resurrected, glorified body. Until that time let me remember that all the suffering of this present time is not with comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18).
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