Thursday, October 27, 2016

Definition of Glory

Looking up the definition of “glory” used in 1 Peter 5 and I just have to share this. I’ve read this several times and each time I had to get up and go get a Kleenex.

“Theologically, with respect to believers, it signifies their exalted status….It is a state in which one is accorded the fullest enjoyment of the admiration and honor of God—the object of His highest regard and praise. God’s expression of “doxa” (Greek for “glory”) consists in the bestowal of exaltation to His right hand, the inheritance of His kingdom, resurrection, and the enjoyment of fullness, satisfaction, joy, righteousness, and ceaseless delight. Although this eschatic glory has not been revealed but awaits Christ’s return, the believer presently possesses this glory in spirit by the Holy Spirit (2 Co 3:18,; 1 Pe 4:14). The expression “the Spirit of glory” in 1 Peter 4:14 means the Spirit who even now imparts glory spiritually, invisibly, and secretly to the soul of believers as a foretaste and promise of full, open, future glory. While believers suffer public shame and ignominy in the eyes of men, the Holy Spirit inwardly testifies through the gospel that in the eyes of God they are honored and that one day, therefore, in the eyes of all men (especially their persecutors) God will honor them. All of this is granted solely through Jesus Christ who, by His perfect obedience, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection, secured so great a salvation for God’s elect.”

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible’s New Testament Lexical Aids

We do not deserve anything but because of Christ, we gain everything!

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