Day 18

I Will Make You Glorious

from the Promises of God reading plan


John 11:17-27, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, Romans 8:12-17, Daniel 12:2-3

BY She Reads Truth

The kingdom promise of a glorious resurrection can be a confusing one. It is hard to imagine a world where believers are raised in glory and power—their natural, earthly bodies having been transformed (1Corinthians 15:40, 42–44). The promise of glory stands in contrast to just about everything that we experience on a day-to-day basis here on earth.

The natural bodies that will be transformed in the final resurrection are the same bodies that endure all sorts of affliction here on earth. Similar to God’s promise to make everything new, His promise to make us glorious is the reimagination of biological life itself—a body without pain or hardship (Revelation 21). Inherent in this promise is an acknowledgement of the physical struggles we often experience on earth and a reminder that the pain and fatigue we experience will not last forever. The bodies of believers in this life battle sickness, heartache, and brokenness; in the new heaven and new earth, those things will be no more. Our bodies will “bear the image of the man of heaven” (1Corinthians 15:49), Jesus Christ. We will shine “like the stars” (Daniel 12:3), taking on a measure of beauty beyond what is possible in this age.

Living with this promise in view is an example of what it looks like to experience the already-not-yet nature of God’s kingdom. We have already been given the glory of having the Spirit of God reside within us (Ephesians 1:14), but have not yet experienced the glory of the new bodies we will one day inherit. That day may seem far off, but because of Christ, it is also a guarantee.

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  1. Grace Sharp says:

    “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. “
    How easy it is for me to look around and see so much pain and brokenness and feel so hopeless. I needed this reminder that the unseen is eternal, and Jesus has overcome this world. ❤️

  2. Laura Smail says:

    I think even more exciting than the promise of a body free from pain and fatigue is the assurance that there will also be no more body image issues and comparison in heaven.

    1. Sandi Wellnitz says:

      Amen

  3. Taylor says:

    Jesus thank you that these momentary afflictions will not last forever. Thank you that you give us your Holy Spirit to be WITH us in our suffering, and that You are preparing a place for us in Heaven to spend eternity with you. I pray for those who are experiencing physical sickness and suffering, specifically for Angie’s husband and for her to protect her from illness. I pray for those that don’t yet know you, my ex boyfriend and Mario, that they would come to know and love you as their Lord and Savior. Thank you that even though the idea of eternity can cause fear and trembling in some of us that You are God and we are not. We are not meant to know everything; however, I pray that those feelings cause us to continue to seek You and lean into You even though we don’t understand everything. I pray over each of my sisters at SRT today that we would shine brightly for you in our interactions with others, for our labor in You is not in vain <3 Amen

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