APPEARING WITH CHRIST IN GLORY

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)

Remember what we have been told in verse 3 — “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” We died; our old self was put to death. But God made us alive in Christ. Thus Christ is our life — “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Because our lives are hidden in Christ, we are eternally secure. We are destined for glory. When Christ appears at His second coming, we will appear with Him in glory. At that time, God’s promise to glorify us will be fulfilled — “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, and whom He predestined, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also GLORIFIED” (Romand 8:29,30).

Glorification is the future tense of our salvation. It occurs when Jesus returns to earth. At that time, there will be a resurrection of the dead. The souls of those who have died will be reunited with their newly resurrected bodies. Paul describes the differences between our earthly bodies and our resurrected bodies — “So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power” (I Corinthians 15:42,43).

But what about those who are still alive at the return of Christ? We are given an explanation of this in I Thessalonians 4 — “For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:15-17). When Christ appears, our bodies will be transformed into the resurrected bodies which are described in I Corinthians 15. Our glorification will take place!

Image the day when “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). This is our eternal destiny. We are headed for glory — “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”

Lord Jesus, I long for the day when you will come again to this earth. It is so comforting to know that I will appear with You in glory. I know that I am destined for glory and that nothing can prevent that from happening.

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