Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
What is salvation? What is eternal life? Jesus gave the answer: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Jesus expanded on this definition when He asked the Father for us to see His glory.
Paul said something similar: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). Salvation is a revelation of God’s glory in the person and work of His Son. That makes all the more sense because the Bible defines sin as exchanging “the glory of the immortal God” for something worthless (Rom. 1:23), and as a falling “short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
Therefore, as Jesus stated in His High Priestly payer, the essence of our glorification is the eternal beholding of Christ’s glory. What does that mean? Let’s consider the following verse in order to answer this question: “But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her” (1 Sam. 1:5). Elkanah’s love for Hannah was expressed in giving her “a double portion.”
Jesus gave us the same cause: “To see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” The glory of Christ stands in relation to the Father’s infinite love for Him. How does the Father express that love? John wrote: “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand” (John 3:35), not just “a double portion.”
Paul stated that as follows: “For God has put all things in subjection under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:27). Jesus owns everything! He rules and reigns over all! Everyone and everything is subject to Him, including sin and death. That glorious reality is the eternal beholding of Christ’s glory.
Jesus obtained all things through His life and death, including “everlasting righteousness” (Dan. 9:24). He did so for His body: “And he [the Father] put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23). Not only will we behold Christ’s glory throughout eternity, we have also been called to “obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 2:14). That’s really good news!
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