Those who receive God’s gift of forgiveness and salvation, begin an adventuresome journey back to glory! Buckle up for the ride!
It won’t always be easy and it might even get a little dangerous. It will involve a good bit of suffering and an ever present groaning. But all our suffering will be offset by joy grounded in a hope that cannot be shaken (Romans 8:18).
Do you think of your life in this way?
I feel certain that most Christians need a better vision of the greatness of their salvation — a panoramic view! We must learn to think of salvation as a return to full and final glory — a return to the Imago Dei (image of God). Scripture provides a panoramic view spanning four phases of glory:
- A glory we had at the beginning (Genesis 1:26-27).
- A glory we fell from in disobedience (Romans 3:23; 5:12; James 3:9).
- A glory being restored in us through the Spirit (Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 3:18).
- A glory fully restored – despite our present suffering (Romans 8:18; Philippians 3:20-21; I John 3:1-2;Revelation 21:1-5).
The starting and ending point for understanding our lives must profoundly shape our worldview.
The panoramic view of the gospel is too often truncated when we tell the story of salvation. The outcome is a weak understanding of salvation and an inadequate grounding for the living hope that belongs to us in Christ.
One who pioneered the journey for us:
“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered” (Hebrews 2:9-10)