With Him in Glory

Yes, that will be glory.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3.2, 3

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless… 2 Peter 3.13, 14

To be like Jesus
We want to see Jesus; and the Scriptures promise that a day is coming when we shall see Him as He is. We will see Him with our eyes, and not just with the eyes of our hearts. We will see Him enthroned in glory, radiant in righteousness, beaming in welcoming love, overflowing toward us with compassion, and emanating power for making all things new. And when we see Him, we will be made like Him. We, too, will be glorified in our bodies. They will be our bodies, and we will certainly recognize them as such. But they will glow with the righteous radiance of Jesus; and our souls will be pure throughout, so that all our delight will be in the Lord, and in knowing and worshiping Him.

All around us on that day, righteousness will abound. All our fellow believers will be like Jesus, and His righteousness, peace, and joy will fill every nook and cranny of the new heavens and new earth. Wherever we look, therefore, we will see Jesus, refracted through the new creation and the glorified bodies of the holy multitude with whom we are assembled unto the Lord. The beauty of Jesus will pervade the new heavens and new earth, and everything we do and everywhere we are will provoke us to joyous worship and celebration.

Then we will see Jesus continuously, for we will know then that seeing Jesus in His glory works transforming power in us, filling us with holy satisfaction and delight, and impelling us to rejoice with thanksgiving and unceasing worship. Then it will be true, as we so long for it to be true now, that we will sing with confidence, in the words of the old spiritual:

In the morning, when I rise,
In the morning, when I rise,
In the morning, when I rise,
Give me Jesus!
Give me Jesus!
Give me Jesus!

You can have all this world;
Give me Jesus!

Jesus in His glory
But what will we see? We will see then, with our glorified physical eyes, what the Scriptures present to the eyes of our hearts even now: Jesus in all His glory. We will see Him as John did in Revelation 1, “clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength…having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle” (Rev. 1.13-16; 14.14).

We will see Him as the psalmists glimpsed Him, clothed with majesty and strength (Ps. 93.1); awesome in greatness, with all the shields and emblems of the nations of the world gathered at His feet (Ps. 47.1, 9); glorious in splendor, holding a scepter of uprightness (Ps. 45.6); great and greatly to be praised in honor and majesty and strength and beauty (Ps. 96.4-6); great with unsearchable greatness, and full of splendor and majesty, goodness and righteousness (Ps. 145.3, 5, 7).

We will see Him as the prophets did, exalted in glory and served by fearsome angels (Is. 6.1-6); surrounded by myriads of myriads of adoring and rejoicing hosts (Dan. 7.9, 10, 13); breathtakingly beautiful on His throne of light and holiness and power, radiant with fire and the colors of a rainbow (Ezek. 1.4-28).

We will see Him in glory, and we will be like Him; and the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ will forever give light and life in the new heavens and new earth. And from His throne a river of living water will forever nurture and bring forth in us the fruit of righteousness and Christlikeness, so that all the new world will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of our Lord Jesus, and with His Presence in every place (Rev. 22.1-5).

Looking forward to these things
And what we hope to see clearly and unmistakably then, we may – indeed, must – see now, if only as in a glass, dimly (1 Cor. 13.12).

For unless we see Jesus now, unless we daily seek His face and the glory that is known there (2 Cor. 4.6), unless we plead with God to open the eyes of our heart so that we contemplate His beauty, and gaze full at His glorious face – unless considering Jesus and looking to Him is our daily practice now, why should we think that such activity would ever enthrall us? And why should we think that Jesus would reveal Himself to us then, if we will not seek to behold Him now?

The apostles have told us things to come, things more glorious and beautiful and life-giving than we can ever know here and now. And they have called us to look forward to these things now, to set our minds on them, to consider them, to look to them, to contemplate them in God’s Word and by His Spirit, so that we may be daily made more like that which we see.

Let our prayer to the Father be, every day and all day long, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”

For reflection or discussion
1.  Why would anyone not want to contemplate Jesus as the Scriptures reveal Him?

2.  If we’re not enthralled by the vision of Jesus now, why should we expect to be enthralled with Him in glory? What keeps us from considering Jesus and looking to Him?

3.  How would you explain the importance of considering Jesus to a new believer?

Next steps – Transformation: How has your desire to see Jesus been changed by this study? What are you doing now to consider Jesus more consistently? How are you benefiting from this discipline in your walk with and work for the Lord?

T. M. Moore

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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